Graves, Cassidy push to keep offshore wind, oil & gas workers local

Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Congressmen Garret Graves from Louisiana and John Garamendi from California plan to continue fighting to close a loophole that allows offshore wind and oil and gas developers to hire non-U.S. workers on ships that construct turbines and oil rigs, reports E&E News.

The American Offshore Worker Fairness Act, which was also introduced in 2022 in the Senate by Sen. Bill Cassidy, would prevent wind energy companies from hiring low-wage workers for their projects, leveling the playing field for American workers to get jobs in the offshore energy business after years of being shut out.

But the provision was dropped during negotiations with the Senate. Both the American Clean Power Association, the main wind energy lobbying group in the U.S., and the American Petroleum Institute fought to kill the provision. Now, Garamendi and Graves are pledging to bring the fight into 2023. Read the entire story.