EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., introduced a series of bills Tuesday that he said would boost American energy security and restrict President Biden’s ability to limit production.
The legislative package, which represent Mullin’s first three pieces of legislation as a senator, specifically address cross-border energy infrastructure, hydraulic fracking and fossil fuel leasing on federal lands, according to the bills’ text first obtained by Fox News Digital. The Oklahoma senator said his legislation was designed to put key energy policies in the hands of Americans, not bureaucrats.
“Instead of looking to Oklahoma and looking to Texas and other energy-producing states, [President Biden’s] looked to OPEC and he’s looked to Venezuela and Russia to help backfill his policies because we haven’t curbed our appetite for petroleum products,” Mullin told Fox News Digital in an interview. “Since the Biden administration has been in, in fact, our energy consumption has increased.”
“So if we’re going to continue down this path — if the president is going to cower down to the Green New Deal and the [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y.] of the country while the rest of the world suffers, then let’s put it back in the hands of Congress and that’s what our bills do. We either put it back in the hands of Congress or we put it back in the states where petroleum products are being found and produced.”
Mullin’s first legislation — the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act — would eliminate a requirement that gives the president sole permit authority over cross-border crude oil, petroleum products, natural gas and electric transmission infrastructure approvals. Instead, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent government agency, and Department of Energy would approve cross-border permits for petroleum and transmission lines, respectively.
The Oklahoma senator noted that Biden was able to cancel the cross-border permits for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would’ve created thousands of jobs and increased crude oil imports by 830,000 barrels per day, on his first day in office.