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Cheney continues to push for more energy independence

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Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney doubled down on asking the Biden administration to reduce regulations and open up more leases for energy development.

During a news conference, Cheney denied that she and Wyoming’s Senators are trying to take advantage of the war in Ukraine saying that they’ve been pushing for less regulation and energy independence for some time. As to the accusation that oil and gas companies are sitting on existing leases, she blamed uncertainty over where the Biden administration's policies are going.

“Increased production would certainly help with the prices we are seeing at the gas pump and I think that requires a commitment on the part of the administration to cut the regulations and reverse and roll back what they put in place. They (also) ought to open up the Keystone pipeline,” said Cheney.

She added that she’s also working on legislation to ban the import of Russian uranium which could open up markets for Wyoming. She said America can be the energy arsenal for the world and Wyoming would play a big part in that.

On the topic of Ukraine, she said the U.S. can do a lot more to support the country.

From more targeted financial sanctions of Russian oligarchs to providing Ukraine with modern weapons.

“It’s very clear that the Russians have launched an assault that is targeting civilians and targeting civilian areas and I do think we need to do everything we can to prevent civilian killings,” said Cheney.

She noted concerns about enlarging the conflict, but added that the free world needs to provide help. Cheney added that the Russian military is not nearly as competent as they wanted the world to believe.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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