The HEAT Report is a weekly newsletter focusing on how members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) promote American energy security, and an all-of-the-above energy economy.
More than six months since the Biden Administration illegally decided to pause new oil and gas leasing on public lands, there is still no timetable for resuming lease sales despite the Interior Department’s initial cancellation end date of June.
Even Democrats are scratching their heads. Senator Joe Manchin (D- W. Va.) expressed his frustration at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has not completed a report reviewing the future of oil and gas lease sales, which she claims is coming “very soon.”
Secretary Haaland apparently believes she can ignore a Louisiana federal judge’s ruling blocking the Biden Administration from suspending new oil and gas leasing on federal lands. That order was handed down last month, yet the Interior Department has announced no new leasing sales to date.
This radical decision has already done serious damage to the economic livelihoods of millions of American families, all while the Biden Administration ships good-paying energy jobs overseas to Russia and OPEC countries that emit carbon at drastically higher levels than the United States.
Energy made in America creates jobs, lowers the cost of gasoline and electricity for all hard-working families and small businesses, and helps America’s allies across the world. It’s past time President Biden stopped throwing away American energy dominance.
This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:
In an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, HEAT Co-Chair Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) questioned Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners on the importance of making the NRC a more modern and efficient regulator. Nuclear energy is a critical part of the United States’ energy matrix. From both a reliability and environmental perspective, nuclear energy must be part of the equation.
During a joint Energy and Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee hearing, HEAT Co-Chair Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) pressed
the Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners on their role in closing nuclear facilities across the country.
Representatives Carol Miller (R-W. Va.) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) co-authored
an op-ed addressing President Biden’s digression on American energy independence and increasing reliance on foreign oil imports. Importing oil and natural gas destabilizes geopolitical partnerships and international security, while reducing domestic energy affordability and reliability. The future of American energy production must be domestic to promote accessibility, stability, and independence. This will protect security and economic interests for America and its allies abroad.
Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) touted
an all-of-the-above energy strategy at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy oversight hearing on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.)
joined a roundtable hosted by the Energy Innovation Reform Project to promote his bipartisan Innovate First legislation that promotes innovation over regulation to lower carbon emissions. Thirty attendees from utilities across the country joined the roundtable where Representative McKinley underscored the need for carbon capture, nuclear, wind & solar solutions to reduce emissions. Representative McKinley also pressed
members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on the agency’s recent order to evaluate climate change impacts of pipeline projects. During the hearing, Representative McKinley highlighted how the far-left environmental leadership of FERC, chaired by Richard Glick, is focused on one goal – ending the use of fossil fuels.
Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) hosted
a bipartisan forum titled, “Promoting American Energy Independence: Developing the Lonestar State,” to highlight the benefits and importance of oil and gas development in Texas.
House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) hosted
a forum on July 29 to review the Biden Administration’s energy policies.
In an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing, Representative John Joyce (R-Penn.) strongly advocated
for ensuring America’s electricity grid maintained the ability to always provide safe and dependable energy.
During the hybrid energy forum hosted by Republican members of the Natural Resources Committee and members of the Western Caucus, Representative Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) pointed out
the hypocrisy of liberal elites that shut down America’s energy supplies but expect the lights to stay on. Representative Fulcher also discussed the issues with Nord Stream 2’s pipeline between Europe and Russia and its impacts on American energy.
Representative August Pfluger (R-Texas) introduced
the Natural Gas Export Expansion Act
, a bipartisan bill to expand expedited approval of all liquified natural gas export permit applications to any country except those subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by the United States, or those excluded by the President or Congress for reasons of national security.
Representative Fred Keller (R-Penn.) participated
in a joint hearing with the House Natural Resources Committee and the Congressional Western Caucus to discuss the impact that the Biden Administration’s anti-American energy policies are having on domestic production, energy costs, and national security.
Representative Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (R-Ariz.) introduced the Congressional Nuclear Energy Caucus (CNEC), inviting members to join and educate members of Congress, staff, and industry about the fundamental role of nuclear energy in creating an affordable, safe, and reliable power system that emits zero carbon pollution and has the lowest environmental impact of any baseload power source and the smallest footprint of any zero carbon power source. The CNEC will host roundtables, policy briefings, speakers, and member and staff education trips to learn firsthand about the safety and efficacy of nuclear power both domestically and internationally. The CNEC will seek to introduce and pass legislation promoting advanced nuclear opportunities, support our existing nuclear fleet, addressing a comprehensive waste solution, processing, recycling and promote policies that support a vibrant nuclear energy industry.
House GOP Actions:
Republican Subcommittee Leader on Energy Fred Upton (R-Mich.) delivered remarks at the House Energy Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to find out FERC’s priorities and raise concerns about the Commission’s apparent shift in policy to align with President Biden’s social justice and environmental agenda.
The Response on Social Media:
Representative Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) blasted Congressional Democrats for blocking his amendment preventing President Biden from continuing his all-out assault on American energy producers.
Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) released
an informational video via The Empowerment Alliance advocating for American energy independence. The Democrats’ agenda shifted American energy independence and domestic oil and natural gas to American dependence on foreign players and imports.
Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) celebrated
Talon Metals’ announcement partnering with United Steelworkers on a memorandum of understanding for workforce development partnerships. Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District is home to 95% of America’s nickel reserves, and Talon Metals seeks to develop those minerals with union jobs.
Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) visited
Hyundai’s hydrogen fueling station to check out the progress they’ve made with fuel cell vehicles.