WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and House Energy Action Team (HEAT) Co-Chairs Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) released the following joint statement after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted yesterday that the Biden Administration is more focused on implementing its radical Green New Deal agenda instead of lowering gas prices for hard-working families, even as gas prices surge to their highest levels since 2014. This assertion by Psaki comes on the heels of an energy crisis created by the Biden Administration’s policies which led them to beg OPEC+ and Russia to increase oil production in response to increasing energy prices instead of finding ways to promote American energy independence as a way to create American jobs, support American families and guarantee our energy security.
“The Biden Administration has abandoned hard-working families because they once again chose radical anti-energy special interests over lower energy costs and national security for American households. Since taking office, President Biden’s anti-American energy agenda has been on full display as he has killed the Keystone pipeline and halted domestic oil and gas exploration while begging OPEC and Russia to increase production of foreign oil, and is now trying to ram through billions in new job-crushing energy taxes and regulations that will increase costs and inflation even higher on low-income families. Meanwhile, gas prices in America have skyrocketed to a seven-year high and household energy costs continue to increase for hard-working families. On top of that, this Administration has ignored the fact that these anti-American energy policies mean that we, and our allies abroad, will have to get our energy from countries with much worse emissions standards like Russia, Saudi Arabia, and China. Not only will the American people be dependent on adversaries and dictatorships abroad, but they will be stuck with higher gas prices and higher carbon emissions too. We only need to look toward the ongoing energy crisis in Europe, the UK, and China to understand the devastating energy future Americans can look forward to if the Biden Administration gets their way. President Biden should focus on policies that lower gas prices for families while ensuring energy is made in America, so we can return our nation to global energy dominance.”
President Biden’s Weak Leadership and Democrats’ Failed Policies Have Created an Energy Crisis
After canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and taking steps to cripple energy production in the United States, President Biden is facing an energy crisis.
With oil pricesat a seven-year high, American families are feeling the consequences of President Biden’s far-left policies.
Before President Biden reversed American energy independence and enacted a far-left climate agenda, household energy costs were lower than other expenditures.
Instead of turning to American oil and gas producers to tap our abundant natural resources, President Biden asked foreign nations to meet our energy needs.
The Energy Crises in Europe, the United Kingdom, and China Preview the Future of Democrat-Led Energy Policies
Europe’s over-reliance on renewable energy sources and its disregard for fossil fuels have led to record-high utility prices with no end in sight.
From rising gas prices to fuel shortages, the United Kingdom is being hit hard by Europe’s energy crisis.
With the United States facing higher energy costs at home, the Biden Administration has ensured that European countries cannot turn to our abundant resources to drive down natural gas prices and meet their power generation and home-heating needs.
Instead of turning to cleaner American natural gas, European leaders are looking to get their fuel from countries like Russia. However, our failure to act only emboldens Vladimir Putin as recent reporting suggests that Russia is withholding critical supplies that would help alleviate Europe’s energy crisis.
China, too, is facing its own energy crisis. After a push to limit carbon emissions, China is now experiencing power outages and shortages throughout the country.
These electricity blackouts are dealing a devastating blow to Chinese economic output and risk global supply chains that rely on China for critical goods and services.
HEAT Member Response to the Biden-Made Energy Crisis:
HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.):
HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.):
Representative Tim Walberg (R-Mich.):