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:

 

In what comes as no surprise, the Biden Administration continues to double down on its anti-American energy policies despite record-high gas prices, soaring inflation, and skyrocketing energy costs that are devastating hardworking Americans.

 

Just last month, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) led a group of House Republicans on an offshore energy tour off the coast of Louisiana to witness firsthand how oil and natural gas are produced in the Gulf of Mexico and supplied to the United States daily. America’s federal lands and waters are home to an abundance of natural energy resources, which can be used to pull the nation out of our current energy crisis and strengthen our national security.

 

Yet President Biden refuses to abandon his Green New Deal agenda and is instead turning to foreign dictators to produce our oil for us, even though Venezuela, Iran, and OPEC countries have worse environmental standards than the United States. His quest to ban all drilling on federal lands will kill American energy production and subsequently raise energy costs all across America.

 

House Republicans have a plan to reverse this assault on American energy. We’ve seen American energy production up close, and we know that it is cleaner, safer, and more reliable than anywhere else in the world. We have the energy resources right here under our feet, and it’s beyond absurd that President Biden still refuses to unleash America’s energy potential.

 

This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:

 

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) hosted six of his colleagues, Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Congressman Troy Balderson (R-Ohio), Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.), Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa), and Congressman Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), as well as Fox and Friends’ Rachel Campos-Duffy, at Shell’s Appomattox offshore oil platform for his 12th Offshore Energy Tour. In his interview with Campos-Duffy, Whip Scalise highlighted the importance of domestic oil and gas production for America’s energy needs and urged President Biden to invest in an all-of-the-above energy strategy that bolsters the United States’ economy and energy security, instead of pursuing extreme climate policies that would weaken America’s energy independence.

 

 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) published an op-ed in The Washington Timeson how President Biden’s political band-aids cannot cover up the energy crisis caused by the Administration’s war on American energy, sharing how he’s urging the President to “work across the aisle with Republicans in Congress to increase domestic energy production instead of taking weak actions to avoid political responsibility for his self-imposed energy crisis.” Rep. Duncan also questioned Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm during an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee budget hearing, calling out the Administration’s energy hypocrisy, refusal to unleash domestic production, and anti-fossil fuel policies.

 

 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) joined Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria to call for domestic oil production to bring global security and stabilization so that the U.S. is not relying on countries like Russia for energy. Rep. Mullin also introduced a bill to codify President Trump’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reform from July 2020. The Stop NEPA Expansion Act comes in response to the Biden Administration’s decision to roll back the Trump Administration’s successful modernization of these outdated laws and streamlined permitting process for producers.

 

 

Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) blasted President Biden’s disastrous anti-American energy policies at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing with numerous oil and gas executives there to testify.

 

 

Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Representative Jodey Arrington (R-Texas), and Representative August Pfluger (R-Texas) hosted a West Texas Energy and Agriculture Field Tour to hear directly from energy workers and see firsthand how energy is produced.

 

 

Representative Garret Graves (R-La.) released a statement on the U.S. Department of Energy’s announced approval of additional export flexibility for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal based in Louisiana.

 

 

At an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing, Representative Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) pressed Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm about her lack of answers regarding the importance of the Line 5 pipeline to America’s economy and energy security. Secretary Granholm repeatedly refused to address Line 5’s benefits when asked by multiple members of the Committee. Ultimately, she blamed her refusal on politics.

 

 

In a speech on the House Floor, Representative Fred Keller (R-Pa.) highlighted his recent trip to West Texas with the Congressional Western Caucus. Rep. Keller toured various oil and natural gas drilling sites in the Permian Basin and talked with domestic producers about the work they’re doing to unleash American energy, lower energy prices, curb inflation, and build a stronger workforce.

 

 

Representative August Pfluger (R-Texas) went on a tour of a drilling rig in Midland, Texas, with his Western Caucus colleagues to witness the work that goes into domestic oil and gas production. Rep. Pfluger hosted his Western Caucus colleagues for a trip in the Permian Basin – where they toured a drilling rig, as well as a frac site, to witness the power of the Permian Basin and how we should be prioritizing American energy.

 

 

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) joined local Indiana television to discuss Democrats’ reckless policies that have caused inflation to surge and inflicted pain on Americans at the gas pump.

 

 

At an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing, Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) questioned Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm over Democrats’ ridiculous attempts to blame high gas prices on price gouging.

 

 

Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) penned an op-ed in The Washington Times on the importance of America achieving energy independence to regain global leadership over China and Russia.

 

 

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) joined NTD News to discuss how important it is for the U.S. to achieve energy and mineral dominance.

 

 

Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) emphasized the importance of the Line 5 pipeline to the entire Midwest to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, but she refused to admit the economic importance of its continued operation.

 

 

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House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) pointed out that U.S. GDP dropped 1.4% in the last quarter, adding to a long list of worsening economic indicators like record-high inflation and soaring gas prices.

 

 

Representative John Joyce (R-Pa.) blasted Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm for ignoring hardworking Americans’ pain at the pump, exacerbated by the Biden Administration’s failed energy policies.

 

 

Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) warned against Democrats’ political stunts and reminded Floridians of the dangers of raiding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Floridians know that natural disasters happen and the SPR is a necessary tool to help with these true emergencies. Rep. Bilirakis also highlighted how high gas prices are hurting Floridians and warns they will likely stay high until American energy independence is restored.

 

 

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) pointed out that inflation has reached a 41-year high under the Biden Administration, causing hardworking Americans to pay more for everything from gas to the cost of groceries. Rep. McKinley also pushed for the Biden Administration to restore America’s energy independence to help U.S. allies not be so dependent on Russian energy.

 

 

Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) stressed the need for the U.S. to ramp up production of its own energy resources to boost domestic energy production and better assist American allies abroad. Rep. Johnson also emphasized the need for the Biden Administration to stop playing the blame game and accept responsibility for high gas prices.

 

 

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) posted photos observing Toyota’s clean energy technologies on Capitol Hill and expressed his support for an all-of-the-above energy strategy.

 

 

Representative Austin Scott (R-Ga.) blasted the Biden Administration for its irresponsible energy policies that are forcing Americans to choose between filling up their gas tanks and feeding their families.

 

 

Representative Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) pressed Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on protecting taxpayer dollars from bad energy investments to avoid a repeat of the Obama Administration’s Solyndra debacle.

 

 

Representative Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.) urged the Biden Administration to increase domestic energy production to help the U.S. regain energy dominance once again.