WASHINGTON DC (09/21/2022) – On September 20, 2022, IER’s Director of Policy, Kenny Stein, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources during a legislative hearing discussing H.R. 8802, Public Lands and Waters Climate Leadership Act of 2022.

His testimony highlighted the most damaging aspects of this legislation that would change the guiding principle of federal land management from “multiple use” to a standard that insists that “public lands should be managed to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and co-pollutant emissions.”

Regarding the hearing, Kenny Stein said:

“It is difficult to understate the radicalness of such a mandate as this legislation is essentially license to halt the production of conventional fuels on federal lands. Greenhouse gases are byproducts of human activity, all human activity. A mandate to rapidly reduce GHG emissions on federal lands is a mandate to rapidly reduce all human activity on federal lands.”

You can watch the full hearing in the video below:

Kenny Stein is IER’s Director of Policy. Prior to joining IER he worked for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He has also held policy roles with free-market organizations like Freedomworks and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Stein received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston and his B.A. in International Relations from American University and his areas of expertise include: domestic and international energy policy, environmental regulation and policy, federal land management policy, federalism, and legislative analysis.

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