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.

 

The Latest: The horrific and barbaric Russian invasion of Ukraine has made it abundantly clear that President Biden can no longer afford to restrict American energy production. Simply put, President Biden’s anti-American energy agenda has eroded the United States’ energy independence, caused energy prices to skyrocket, and forced our European allies to become more reliant on Russia for their energy needs. This week, the national average price of gasoline reached an all-time high of over $4 per gallon, and inflation remained at its highest level in 40 years. President Biden finally came around to banning Russian oil imports, but instead of unleashing America’s energy potential by producing our own clean, efficient energy resources, he has doubled down on his failed Green New Deal policies and turned to hostile foreign nations to produce our oil for us. There is no safer and environmentally-sound way to produce energy than in the United States. It is past time for President Biden to develop American energy resources as a tool for freedom across the world, protect our nation’s energy security, and end this war on American energy.This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and HEAT Co-Chairs Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) issued a statement blasting President Biden for his anti-American energy policies that have caused gas prices to skyrocket to their highest level in U.S. history.

 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) spoke at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on how the United States must unleash domestic energy production, along with banning Russian gas, in order to have a real effect on the energy crisis as gas prices are the highest they have ever been. He said the Biden Administration must take bold action and reverse its self-sabotaging “Green New Deal” energy policies and end our reliance on our adversaries for oil before Americans stop feeling pain at the pump.

 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) spoke on Newsmax TV detailing the full extent of Russian oil imports.

 

Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) joined Maria Bartiromo on Mornings with Maria to call on President Biden and Congressional Democrats to stop their obsession with higher taxes and bolster American energy production.

 

Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) released a statement on President Biden’s decision to ban Russian oil and gas imports but refusal to invest in American energy production. Rep. Westerman also spoke at the House Republican Leadership and Republican Study Committee press conference on America’s current energy crisis.

 

Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) led a letter with House Republican colleagues to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management urging the Biden Administration to prioritize the National Offshore Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing program.

 

Representative August Pfluger (R-Texas) hosted a press conference with House Republican Leadership and the Republican Study Committee denouncing Democrats’ radical climate agenda.

 

Representative Austin Scott (R-Ga.) joined Newsmax TV for an interview to discuss why the U.S. should be investing in domestic energy production and urged Congressional Democrats to cease their war on American energy.

 

Representative Rick Allen (R-Ga.) sent a letter to President Biden last week with more than 40 of his House Republican colleagues urging him to include in his State of the Union address a strong commitment to rebuild American energy independence by reopening the Keystone XL pipeline and spurring domestic oil production.

 

Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) spoke on the House Floor in support of the American Energy Independence From Russia Act.

 

In an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing, Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) called out Democrats for suggesting that Americans should turn to expensive electric vehicles when they’re struggling to afford to pay for gas and groceries.

 

Representative Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) highlighted a report showing that shutting down the Line 5 pipeline would devastate Michigan’s economy.

 

During an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing, Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) called out out-of-touch Democrats for holding hearings on electric vehicles and daylight savings time while a war is unfolding overseas and the U.S. is facing an energy crisis. Rep. McKinley also introduced the REFUSE PUTIN Act, which would ban Russian energy exports to the U.S., while at the same time, taking important steps to regain American energy independence.

 

Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) introduced the Powering America through Domestic Energy (PADE) Act, which would ban the importation of Russian crude oil and petroleum products. It would also prohibit President Biden from declaring and implementing a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing or on oil and gas leasing on federal lands unless Congress authorizes the moratorium. Finally, the PADE Act will declare with one Congressional voice that the United States should support, and not limit access to, all domestic sources of energy development.

 

In his weekly newsletter, Representative Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) wrote about how the United States can use its energy resources to counter Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine.

 

Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) wrote a letter to several House Democrat Committee Chairs calling on them to investigate whether or not Russia is actively interfering in American oil and gas policy.

 

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) sent a letter to President Biden demanding his Administration stop hamstringing American energy and reverse his anti-American energy policies.

 

Representative Garret Graves (R-La.) spoke at the Republican Study Committee press conference about the energy crisis across America, which is a direct result of the flawed energy policies under the Biden Administration. Rep. Graves has also spent years introducing amendments to block Russian oil, but his efforts have been blocked by Democrat colleagues.

 

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) condemned House Democrats for defeating a resolution that would have allowed the United States to continue work on the Keystone XL pipeline, boost liquefied natural gas exports, restart oil and gas leases on federal lands, and protect energy and mineral development.

 

Representative Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) and Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the American Energy Independence Act that will promote domestic energy production and undo President Biden’s harmful, anti-American energy policies.

 

Representative Clay Higgins (R-La.) issued a statement after President Biden announced that Russian oil imports would be banned in the United States.

 

Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Representative August Pfluger (R-Texas) sent a letter to President Biden imploring him to support domestic energy production. Additionally, the members invited the President to visit the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and the Permian Basin in Texas to see firsthand the essential work that happens every day in domestic oilfields.

 

Representative Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.) spoke on the House floor to oppose the Previous Question and instead consider H.R. 6858 — the American Energy Independence from Russia Act. Rep. Bice called on the Biden Administration to immediately end its anti-American energy agenda and work to lower gas prices for Oklahomans.

 

Representative Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) criticized President Biden on the House Floor for his attack on American energy independence and reluctance to invest in offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Representative Steve Womack (R-Ark.) responded to President Biden’s decision to ban Russian oil imports, urging him to embrace an all-of-the-above energy strategy.

 

Representative Fred Keller (R-Pa.) spoke on the House Floor about President Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports.

 

House GOP Actions:House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, (R-N.Y.) and 80 HEAT members sent a letter to President Biden demanding an end to his war on American energy and detailing actions he can take immediately to reverse his anti-American energy policies that have given Vladimir Putin a critical source of leverage to carry out his attack on Ukraine.Representative John Joyce (R-Pa.) led a group of HEAT members in a Special Order on the House Floor blasting President Biden’s anti-American energy policies that have caused gas prices to skyrocket to the highest level in U.S. history. The HEAT members noted how the Biden Administration has conceded America’s energy independence to hostile foreign countries like Russia, which has weakened our security around the world. They demanded that President Biden immediately reverse his war on American energy and implement policies that promote U.S. energy security.Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) introduced the American Energy Independence From Russia Act, which would immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline, unleash U.S. LNG exports to boost natural gas production, restart oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters, and protect energy and mineral development from attacks by the Biden administration.Headlines:
 

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House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) criticized the Biden Administration and the media for pushing the narrative that record-high gas prices are Vladimir Putin’s fault despite President Biden’s war on American energy dating back to his first day in office.

 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) shared on social media how the United States is blessed with abundant natural resources but cursed with liberal politicians who refuse to allow Americans to benefit from them.

 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) pointed out that the Keystone XL pipeline would deliver four times the amount of crude oil than the U.S. is currently importing from Russia.

 

 

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) lambasted President Biden for urging the American people to “buy American” during his State of the Union address despite relying on foreign energy for our energy needs.

 

 

Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) denounced White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for asserting that the U.S. energy sector is choosing not to increase domestic energy production.

 

 

Representative August Pfluger (R-Texas) criticized President Biden and Democrats for trying to push the narrative that record-high gas prices are Russia’s fault.

 

 

Representative Austin Scott (R-Ga.) blasted President Biden for tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a solution for skyrocketing oil prices instead of promoting American energy production.

 

 

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) tweeted his support for unleashing domestic energy production to restore American energy dominance.

 

 

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) blamed Congressional Democrats for pushing Green New Deal policies that are causing Indiana families to pay more than $4 per gallon for gas.

 

 

Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) noted that Congress should embrace an all-of-the-above energy approach when encouraging energy innovation. 

 

 

Representative Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) bashed President Biden for turning to hostile foreign nations like Venezuela and Iran to produce America’s oil.

 

 

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) noted that boosting U.S. energy production will help ease the pain at the pump that American families are facing as the U.S. stops importing oil from Russia.

 

 

Representative Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) made clear his demands for President Biden to unleash American energy.

 

 

Representative Steve Womack (R-Ark.) pointed out the consequences of President Biden’s anti-American energy policies that have caused U.S. oil production to sharply decline.