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:hitting $4.60 per gallon. Democrats spent a large chunk of last week ramming through a so-called anti-price gouging bill that does nothing to bring down the cost of record-high gas prices across the nation. This bill makes it possible for local gas station owners to be sued for skyrocketing gas prices but doesn’t allow President Biden to be held accountable for the policies that he has enacted which have led us to this breaking point. Since the beginning of his presidency, President Biden has created the current energy crisis by canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, greenlighting Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and following through on his pledge as a candidate to scrap planned offshore oil and gas lease sales. Even Senate Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of a plan by the Administration to counter soaring energy costs. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) tore into Interior Secretary Deb Haaland at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Thursday over the Department’s astounding lack of urgency to ensure there is no lapse in an offshore energy leasing plan once the current plan expires next month. Make no mistake: President Biden is the Price Gouger-in-Chief, and hardworking Americans will ultimately suffer because of his anti-American energy policies. This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights: House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) denounced House Democrats’ anti-price gouging bill as well as President Biden’s continued assault on American energy in a speech on the House Floor.Congressional Democrats continue to play politics with Americans’ livelihoods, even though gas prices show no signs of slowing down, with Monday’s national average
spoke on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 7688, the Socialist Energy Price Fixing Act. Make no mistake, gas prices are at an all-time high nationwide because of President Biden’s war on American energy. Democrats first deflected the blame for sky-high gas prices on COVID-19, then Vladimir Putin, and now, price gouging. But the reality is gas prices are the result of President Biden’s America-last energy policy. Rep. Duncan also questioned EPA Administrator Michael Regan on President Biden’s approach to over-regulating the oil and gas industry that makes it nearly impossible to build and permit natural gas pipelines and critical energy infrastructure, which has fueled the energy crisis.HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) penned an op-ed in The Herald Star previewing the Congressional Western Caucus’ field tour to Eastern Ohio to check out domestic energy production. Rep. Newhouse also spoke with former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to discuss Nevada’s leadership in critical mineral development as well as drought and water supply management.
called out Congressional Democrats for deflecting responsibility for skyrocketing gas prices and instead attempting to enact socialist price fixing policies.Representative John Joyce (R-Pa.)
challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to come up with a solution for ongoing electricity shortages.Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.)
Representative Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) sent a letter to American Petroleum Institute (API) President Mike Sommers expressing serious concerns over a carbon tax proposal under consideration by an API internal climate committee.
noted in a speech on the House Floor that President Biden has avoided taking responsibility for America’s energy crisis.Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio)
- U.S. Floats Tariff on Russian Oil as EU Oil-Sanction Talks Drag On (Wall Street Journal)
- Gas prices soar nearly 50 cents in one month just ahead of summer driving season (Washington Examiner)
- Russia dominates nuclear power supply chains — and the West needs to prepare now to be independent in the future (CNBC)
- Russia has cut off its natural gas exports to Finland in a symbolic move (Associated Press)
- China’s appetite for Russian energy is being hit by diminishing consumption, soaring prices (South China Morning Post)
The Response on Social Media:
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) blasted President Biden for referring to skyrocketing gas prices as an “incredible transition.”
House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) called out House Democrats for bringing a symbolic “price gouging” bill to the House Floor with no real solution to fix the current energy crisis.
criticized Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for continuing to delay taking action to implement a new 5-year offshore energy leasing plan.Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)
Representative Fred Keller (R-Pa.) blamed the Biden Administration for dismantling America’s energy industry.