Wyo. senator says Biden ‘targeting’ red states with energy policies

By James Bikales | 06/05/2024 04:33 PM EDT

Republican Sen. Cynthia Lummis argued unspent climate bill dollars would be better used preventing the Social Security fund from running out of money.

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Wyoming Republican Sen. Cynthia Lummis on Wednesday accused the Biden administration of harming Republican states with its fossil fuel policies and called for using unspent climate funds from the Inflation Reduction Act to shore up the Social Security fund.

“The Biden administration has targeted states that are red states, particularly Alaska and Wyoming,” Lummis said at the POLITICO Energy Summit. “They’re picking winners and losers, and they pick them by whether you’re a Republican state or a Democrat state.”

President Joe Biden has overseen record oil and gas production, but Lummis said his policies have tamped down energy production in those Republican states while ramping it up in blue states like New Mexico.


She particularly blasted the Biden administration’s proposal last month to end new coal leases in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, the nation’s biggest coal field.