As President Joe Biden’s war on American energy ravages the economy, with pipelines and drilling leases shut down by radicalized environmentalists, one state has suspiciously been left unscathed. Despite accounting for only nine percent of US oil production, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) reveals New Mexico received close to half of all oil and gas permits issued by the federal government in 2020.
It’s also the home state of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. The Interior Department is responsible for approving permits. A former U.S. Congresswoman from New Mexico, Haaland’s rubber-stamping of drilling permits for her state could position her for a campaign for governor or U.S. Senate.
“. . .I will admit there are few places in the world, if you are lucky enough to live there, that the Biden administration actually is doing all it can to increase the production and supply of energy—two places, as far as I can tell,” said Sullivan. “Let me talk about those two places. The first is New Mexico, the State of New Mexico. Close to half the oil and gas permits issued by the Federal Government last year went to one State.”
“Every State in the country like mine is trying to get permits. Guess which State got 2,286 oil and gas permits in 2021. New Mexico,” Sullivan continued.
“Alaska is being crushed: no lease sales in Cook Inlet, NPRA, half of it off the table, probably about the size of New Mexico, and New Mexico is getting special treatment,” said Sullivan.
“Who is from New Mexico? Oh, my goodness, the Secretary of Interior is from New Mexico,” Sullivan continued. “I wish the media thought that was interesting. Could you imagine if that was a Republican Secretary of the Interior favoring his State over every other State in the country for more oil and gas production? The New York Times and the Washington Post would have a field day. If this was Ryan Zinke, there would be a front-page story once a day but not if it is a Democratic Secretary of the Interior.”
Haaland served one term in Congress and was elected to a second when Biden nominated her Interior Secretary. She had previously been the Democrat nominee for New Mexico Lieutenant Governor.
She could follow the same path as former New Mexico Congressman Bill Richardson, who used his service as Bill Clinton’s Energy Secretary to twice be elected New Mexico governor.
A Cabinet post can often be used a springboard to elected office or consideration for Vice President.
Former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez is now running for Maryland governor and former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was considered for Hillary Clinton’s running mate, then ran his own 2016 campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination.
In addition to Richardson, Bill Clinton’s Cabinet saw at least five members parlay their service into runs for federal or statewide office.
Former Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno ran for Florida governor, former Clinton Ag Secretary Mike Espy ran for U.S. Senate from Mississippi, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich ran for Massachusetts governor.
Former Clinton Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala was later elected to Congress and former Clinton Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo was later twice elected New York Governor before resigning after sexually assaulting multiple women.
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