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: Another week in President Biden’s America, and the average price for a gallon of gasoline is still well over $4. Don’t let the myth about “Putin’s Price Hike” fool you – gas prices have skyrocketed since President Biden took office, long before Russia invaded Ukraine. The Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats are attempting to convince the American people that they’re using every tool at their disposal to bring gas prices down and reduce Vladimir Putin’s leverage, yet they refuse to turn to American energy producers for low-cost, high-security energy. The truth is that President Biden has doubled down on his anti-American energy strategies. His Administration has blocked new oil and gas lease sales from moving forward and placed undue regulatory burdens on American energy development. Instead of taking responsibility for this war on American energy, the Biden Administration has shifted blame for high prices onto American energy companies, despite these claims being unfounded. President Biden must stop depending on foreign dictators to ship oil to the United States, unleash American energy production, and use our energy strength to cut off Putin’s funding for his barbaric invasion of Ukraine.This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. to discuss how President Biden’s war on American energy and weak presence on the world stage has fueled Vladimir Putin’s violent invasion of Ukraine.

 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) urged Democrats to immediately consider the American Energy Independence from Russia Act to unleash American energy production and reverse President Biden’s anti-American energy policies. President Biden must stop his war on American energy which has made us weaker and more energy dependent. It is long past time we drill more, export now, and cut off the money pipeline to Vladimir Putin.

 

 

Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) led a Special Order on the House Floor with members of the Congressional Western Caucus to highlight permitting issues across the United States and solutions to fix this broken process. Rep. Newhouse also pointed out the Biden Administration’s hypocrisy trying to pin skyrocketing gas prices on Vladimir Putin at a forum hosted by the House Natural Resources, Energy and Commerce, and Select Climate Committee Republicans.

 

Representative August Pfluger (R-Texas) introduced the Energy Freedom Act, a bill that works to make America not only energy independent, but energy dominant as well.

 

 

On the House Floor, Representative Brian Babin (R-Texas) exposed the radical left’s lies by breaking down the facts about American energy, which is cleaner, more reliable, and more affordable. Democrats would rather invest in dirtier, foreign oil – hurting the environment and padding the pockets of dictators.

 

Representative Michael Cloud (R-Texas) joined Newsmax TV for an interview in which he called Vladimir Putin a “convenient scapegoat” for Democrat-caused inflation.

 

In a speech on the House Floor, Representative Fred Keller (R-Pa.) noted that President Biden can’t deliver on his promise to make more products in America if he continues to abandon American energy.

 

 

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) sent a letter to Energy Secretary Granholm urging the Department of Energy to provide additional opportunities for innovative biofuel companies to compete for potential Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for advancements in internal combustion engine technology.

 

Representative Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) appeared on local television to discuss Ukraine’s urgent need for more military equipment. He also highlighted the importance of restoring U.S. energy independence to weaken Vladimir Putin’s leverage over Europe.

 

Representative David Rouzer (R-N.C.) called for the Biden Administration to unleash American energy production to support our allies resisting Russian aggression.

 

Representative Garret Graves (R-La.) released a statement on the U.S. Department of Energy granting export licenses to two liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals. The licenses will allow the facilities to increase LNG exports to America’s allies around the world. Rep. Graves called the decision a step in the right direction but highlighted the fact that there are still four more permits waiting for approval and the permit approval decision is partly due to the war in Ukraine and pressure put on the Biden Administration.

 

 

Representative Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) urged President Biden to stop his anti-American energy policies and look to America’s energy producers to return our nation to energy dominance.

 

Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would encourage hydrogen, a cleaner fuel source, in heavy-duty transportation.

 

In a speech on the House Floor, Representative John Joyce (R-Pa.) blasted the Biden Administration for sky-high gas prices and stressed the need to unlock domestic energy production.

 

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House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) blamed skyrocketing gas prices on President Biden’s failed anti-American energy policies and refused to let the Administration deflect responsibility for its disastrous decisions.

 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) shared on social media how the pain Americans are feeling at the gas pump is directly connected to President Biden’s America-last energy policies and his attack on American energy while attacking authoritarian regimes. Rep. Duncan also called out the Biden Administration for gaslighting Americans into believing the energy crisis is all Vladimir Putin’s fault when in reality, the energy crisis began on President Biden’s first day in office. Rep. Duncan debunked some of the Biden Administration’s mistruths about gas prices and energy production.

 

 

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) noted the Biden Administration is still committed to its war on American energy despite recognizing that the quickest way to lower the price of gas is to increase production. Rep. McKinley also pointed out the exorbitant price of gas in America.

 

Representative Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) asked what more Democrats need to see before they support domestic energy production.

 

 

Representative Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) advocated for an Operation Warp Speed for American energy aimed at boosting U.S. production, lowering prices at the pump, and breaking Vladimir Putin’s energy stranglehold on our allies.

 

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) reminded everyone that as a candidate in 2020, Joe Biden declared war on American energy when he promised to end the “ability for the oil industry to continue to drill.”

 

Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) called out Democrats for blocking the American Energy Independence from Russia Act yet again.