Sens. John Barrasso and Cindy Hyde-Smith cited a study commissioned by the biggest oil and gas trade association in the U.S. as evidence for their criticisms of Deb Haaland, Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of the Interior, during a confirmation hearing last week.
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