Lee joins call for Biden to withdraw moratorium on oil and gas exploration on federal land

Tennessee’s Bill Lee is joining 16 other Republican governors in calling on Democratic President Joe Biden to rescind an executive order placing a moratorium on oil and gas explosion on federal land and offshore.

Most of the governors signing the letter come from major fossil fuel producing states like Alaska, Texas, and Wyoming. By comparison, Tennessee is a bit player in oil and gas exploration.

According to 2014 information from the Tennessee Oil and Gas Association, most of the oil and gas drilling activity was concentrated in 11 counties in the Eastern Highland Rim and the Cumberland Plateau. The biggest producers were Overton, Fentress, Pickett, Morgan, and Clay counties.

51 Responses to Lee joins call for Biden to withdraw moratorium on oil and gas exploration on federal land

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    Cryan says:

    I wonder if Glen Casada will still be the Daddy or play more of a submissive role when he goes to prison?

    Stuart? Minute Man Stuart?

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Gov. Lee joining other governors in publicizing how the partially demented Big Guy is a complete captive of the far left wing of the Democratic Party is time well spent. Make 2021 serve in this way as a fine introduction to the 2022 midterm elections Gov. Lee.

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      MARLE says:

      Drop the Biden Delusion syndrome. Since Biden has taken office EVERY oil company’s stock has gone parabolic. Diamondback Drillers Hq in Midlands TX has gone from $24/sh on Nov 6 to $70 today. Ditto that same trajectory for nearly every one of the major oils, Chv, XOM, MRO, etc etc etc. Instead of moronic Over-drilling creating a world wide glut, the world is coming to its collective sense in a supply/demand calculation.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Indeed the Big Guy’s energy policies are good in the short-run for those of us who own stock in oil companies but it is not good for the fools who voted to make the demented man President as well as those who didn’t because it will needlessly raise the price of energy for no reason other than the ideology of the envirofanatics. Of course, if there’s too much complaining they will simply increase the subsidies for the greenies from the money that the federal government doesn’t have.

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          MARLE says:

          No the price is rising b/c Demand curtailed for a year on the world market during the pandemic is coming back since we have a vaccine and we have near herd immunity of the young. Coupled with that is the common sense supply/demand dynamic of not drilling to the point of a market glut by ALL producers. Federal land drilling creates un-needed excess. You don’t expect GM to build so many cars that the price drops by 50% the way fuel prices did and to a point where companies can’t make a profit (hence the drop in stock price earlier), do you????

          No, everything including a sensible and historic price per barrel is what we have.

          You must get over your BIDEN Derangement Syndrome. Oil prices recovering to NORMAL is not his fault.

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            MARLE says:

            The only thing I ever faulted Trump for was reneging on the promises HE made. Derangement is when you find fault out the the blue. YOU have BDS. And btw he speaks with every bit as much sense as the low benchmark predecessor.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          The government is a little short on money at the moment because the trumpsters stole it all!

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      Cryan says:

      Thanks for your insight Minute Man, Stuart.

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      Cryan says:

      Stuart, does Daddy Casada feed you your hot chicken before or after he performs his “sexual eccentricities” on you in the bathroom, Minute Man?

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    Not that Stuart guy says:

    Seems like the Gov is just getting some anti-Biden jabs in to shore up the base, which is opposes his permit less carry bill and to spend some of that rainy day money. (Under the shocking belief that a global pandemic and resulting economic meltdown constitutes rain.) Meanwhile no one needs more oil and gas drilling. We have plenty and will soon have way more than we need. Better to invest some of that anti-Biden energy in getting onboard the renewable energy bandwagon, like just about everyone else.
    As to Biden’s alleged move left and dementia, I note renewable energy in mainstream in the Dem party, Dem leftists are actually frustrated by Biden’s centrism, and there is no proof to support assertions of dementia. Let’s keep the discussion based in reality folks. Biden is governing well and has chosen by and large a good team with knowledge and experience, something the last guy could not say. Nice to see competence for a change.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Electric cars are the ONLY way to go!! Why do we still need to pollute and cause scorching summers and arctic winters? The rest of the world is stepping up and phasing out fossil fuels much faster than we are…go figure!!!

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      LeeAnn C says:

      Of course the electricity has to be GENERATED somewhere. Wonder how many electric vehicles were transporting people without heat inTexas to shelters warmed by fossil fuel generators? Of course, some didn’t survive, but sacrifices are needful, aren’t they,?

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        Beatrice Shaw says:

        Haven’t you ever seen the sun on a snow filled landscape? SUPER bright!! More solar power in times like these would help a lot. Also, heaters built onto the windmills powering themselves is a logical way to keep them from freezing. We can and should do better.

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          James White says:

          what are we going to do? switch to wind and solar well good luck with that just try it and see what happens. We can’t store the power. Germany tried it, they produced more carbon dioxide than they did when they started because they had to turn on their coal-fired plants again.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Our technology is gaining in efficiency every day. New batteries are storing more and more energy for longer and longer periods and the time it takes to recharge is coming down quickly. Solar and wind are the future.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            The oil companies in Texas flared off an amount of pollution that Quadrupled the entire amount they gave off for the entire year of 2019. They flared off tons of nine of the worst chemicals in the book in five days just because they had to protect the generators as they were shutting down BECAUSE they were not insulated correctly. That was/is because TX is it’s own hellhole and they have their own power system that does not connect to the rest of the USA or follow the Federal Guidelines and Regulations. A convenient conservative set-up to escape the Federal Rules but really nasty when the reason for the rules slams you in the face. And Cruiser and the Governor immediately screamed for a Federal Bailout. This is the type of government that Stuart touts.

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      MARLE says:

      According to Bill Gates the Uber-environmentalist and proponent of Clean Energy only 7% of the problem with green house gases (and therefore 7% of the solution) is with gasoline for Transportation. If everyone went to electric cars that would get us to a 7% reduction in the issue (for those who believe).

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    I’m wondering what exactly are the “unnecessary burdens on working families” that the RGA is so concerned about. There is plenty of natural gas to be had within their own administrations.

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    James White says:

    Why didn’t #LeeTheTyrant call for TRUMP to release all federal lands (that are not authorized byt the constitution) back to the states ?

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      The lands belong to EVERYONE…not just a particular group, i.e., a State.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        That’s talkin’ the talk Beatrice! Now why don’t you walk the walk by collectivizing everything you own, now just land, EVERYTHING? I know I will be impressed.

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      Eddie White says:

      Why would Gov Lee had called on Trump to do that? He is a conservative, but practical enough not to waste his time and energy on that non-issue. Kudos to Gov Lee on calling out Biden. We have become energy independent by being proactive on drilling. And while we are at it, kudos to Gov Lee for his stand on the transgender issue. That takes some courage in these don’t offend times. I did not vote for Lee in the primary, but I admire his convictions on the life issue. He is the most pro/life governor in our state’s history.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Lee will have six more years without being seriously challenged.

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          Cryan says:

          Tell that to Andy Ogles and the WWE wrestler in Knoxville. Are you sure Kid Rock isn’t ready to pull a Palin and run for Tennessee governor?

          Your party is f***** like Daddy Casada for a minute, man.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          Do you think that by repeating this same old mantra every day, it might just come true?

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        Cryan says:

        We became energy independent under Obama. Jesus Christ, you people are so stupid. Remember when you thought he was the antichrist? Well, we’re still here.

        Are you an anti-vaxx, too? Do you take elderberry oil? Paging Donna.

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    Cryan says:

    Stuart, the gay divorcee will clear this up. Daddy Casada will tell him what to say.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    There’s oil under Williamson County. Lets get it extracted!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      What a wonderful idea Cannoneer! I’m not sure you are correct about that but if you are and the oil is down there let’s go get it.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      As a matter of fact I lived in Texas for many years and I tell you Cannoneer there is nothing prettier than the sun slowly setting on a field full of oil well pumping machines providing cheap reliable energy that has contributed so much to the prosperity of this country.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    It takes C. O. Jones to ask something of someone you have yet to “recognize”, Bill!

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Yes, please take a long look at the main counties listed above that provide the bulk of the Tennessee contribution to the oil companies. They are consistently the lowest ranking Counties in the state from an economic standpoint or almost any other measure one might choose. The “oil” business is not about providing a living wage or a livable community to it’s employees. It is all about extraction of all available goods and resources in a community. You don’t need to feel sorry for any coal or oil company – just look at the dichotomy in just one of our neighboring states. West Virginia is a good example of small rural areas that have remained poor while the Governor (and head of the many coal companies he led into bankruptcy) lives in a mansion on the last hill that was not dynamited and ravaged for it’s wealth. Extraction industries are by definition “limited.” When solar and wind “give out” we will all go with it.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Solar and wind will not give out but they will not give in either. There is simply not enough hills to deface with those bird mulching machines and while there may be enough deserts to locate the solar panels we need, mainly in the Sahara, the cost of getting the power to where it is to be used and storing it for use when the sun isn’t shining is astronomical. Renewables certainly will not soon be able to compete with fossil fuel in a free market and we will needlessly reduce our standard of living subsidizing it in order to make believe that this isn’t simply a fact of life.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Stuart, you do realize that the International Space Station has been in constant use for 23 years now and it is ENTIRELY fueled by solar power.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    We already have more than enough room – right on our rooftops and solar panels are shrinking all the time. The idea of wind mills being a “bird mulching machine” is something you learned from your old Trump supporter days, we all thought you were past that level now. You can whine about Green Power all you want Stuart, but the progress getting to its widest use will march on and leave all you flat-earthers behind. On the contrary, dare to take a “competitive” look at the revolving mountains of money republicans have bestowed upon the republican party supporters that have gotten rich off of Americas’ gas, coal and oil reserves. The word “plunder” comes to mind. Look at the poverty and land desecration that these huge rich companies have left behind in rural counties all over the country. Are you really sure you want to discuss US Government “subsidies,” Stuart???

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      James White says:

      Solar panels may shrink, but there only X amount of energy in a square meter of sunlight, and that will not change.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      If a majority of people vote for leftists the government that they elect will certainly use its coercive power to force the citizens to adopt as many facets of the green program that they can. My efforts and funds will go to those candidates that will stand in the way of the government behaving in that manner. It is beyond naïve not to notice that there are many people getting rich from the programs favored by envirofanatics who contribute generously to the Democratic Party.

      This country runs best when the free market unsullied by government subsidies determines what goods and services are available and the price for those goods and services. It is libertarian conservatives and their advocacy of small government that just, as our own James White would say, “PAVE THE ROADS!” that will allow such a free market economy to operate. I will continue to do what I can to see to it that we have a government that comes as close as possible to that ideal.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Stuart, I too lived in Texas for almost three years and they were some of the worst. To see the degradation going on because the conservatives loves their freedom to do as they please with the environment and the few rules that do exist. It is a hodgepodge of singular efforts of single people pulling in every direction at all times. There is the constant racquet of those noisy oil pumps pumping away the oil and spreading the dregs widely. It is not at all a pretty site unless you are one of the fat owners of that well.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” Taxpayer. So long as you make sure to keep your butt in prosperous states like Texas and Tennessee that are continuously run by conservatives and not let your ideological romanticism cause you to up and move to a liberal dystopia like California you’ll be just fine.

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      James White says:

      Taxpayer, were the oil pumps 25 stories tall like the windmills. Are the oil pump as noisy as the constant (as long a wind blows) low-frequency noise the windmills make?
      If we convert the country to windmill power we need an area greater than the size of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Maryland, with 77 District’s of Columbia . (no roads, buildings, trees, houses… just windmill)…

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Conservatives that have no clue about what they are talking about. Flat earth believers, science deniers. “Prosperous states like Texas” you say? Ridiculous, TX can’t even keep the lights on and when they get in trouble from the bad decisions made by the previous low-thinking conservative in power, the current failing senator fled the scene immediately. No electricity from all that pumping noise, no water, no heat, no food. The (D) Senator, AOC (from NY) raised 2 million dollars in relief funds and came to help Texas recover. And this is the place you want to brag about being a conservative haven? Lying Ted Fled is your dream candidate? Keep telling us how the conservative run government you rave about is doing so well in your daily promotions. People see the real story. You two are on a sinking ship but keep up the noise if it makes you happy.

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      James White says:

      Retail cost of Electricity: please note, that countries with the highest ‘renewables penetration’ just happen to have the highest electrical rates.
      Denmark: 29.78
      Germany: 28.79
      Italy: 26.80
      Ireland 23.82
      Spain: 21.84
      Great Britain: 20.84
      EU Average: 19.85
      Sweden: 18.86
      France: 16.38
      Norway: 14.89
      Hungary: 11.41
      United States: 10.48

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Taxpayer, I believe AOC is a Representative, not a Senator, from NY. Otherwise, your comments are on the money.

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