Rep. Lummis opposes drilling moratorium

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Rep. Cynthia Lummis says the Obama administration's moratorium on offshore oil drilling will have negative impacts on job creation, energy independence and Americans' wallets.

The Wyoming Republican reacted to President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday that he was extending a moratorium on new deep water drilling leases for six months and suspending exploratory drilling elsewhere.

Lummis says energy development must place paramount importance on human safety and environmental stewardship. But she noted offshore drilling accounts for 30 percent of America's oil and gas resources.

She says the country will not learn from the Gulf oil spill by succumbing to policy reactions that ensure America will become more dependent on foreign energy.