Panel set to clash on Biden’s offshore energy policies

By Heather Richards | 03/18/2024 06:24 AM EDT

A House Natural Resources subcommittee will examine offshore oil and gas oversight in light of the administration’s climate goals.

Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.).

Minnesota Republican Rep. Pete Stauber, chair of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, will lead a hearing on offshore energy this week. Francis Chung/POLITICO

A House Natural Resources subcommittee this week will consider the state of the country’s offshore oil and gas resources, a flashpoint of disagreement between the climate-focused Biden administration and House Republicans.

Titled “Assessing Domestic Offshore Energy Reserves & Ensuring U.S. Energy Dominance,” the Energy and Mineral Resources hearing will reprise a fight over how the White House manages the nation’s massive stores of crude oil and natural gas and consider how the Interior Department assesses the potential for future oil and gas exploration and production offshore.

Republican leaders on the committee have frequently argued that President Joe Biden’s energy policies for public lands and offshore could thwart national fossil fuel supply and harm American energy resilience.


The chair of the subcommittee, Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), has compared the president’s hostility to oil to the limits placed on mining in his state.