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Feb 16, 2024
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E&C Republicans Lead Bipartisan Passage of Bill to Reverse President Biden’s LNG Export Ban

This week, the House passed H.R. 7176, the Unlocking our Domestic LNG Potential Act, to reverse President Biden’s U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) export ban. Unleashing American LNG will lower energy costs, advance U.S. energy security and the security of our allies, as well as reduce emissions. The bill, led by Energy and Commerce Member Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX), passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 224 to 200. As Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said , “President Biden’s decision to impose a ban on issuing permits to export natural gas is just the latest example of his administration caving to environmental activists and putting politics over the American people. This ban will harm the American economy, jeopardize good paying jobs, weaken our energy security, and threaten the security of our friends and allies.” Rep. Pfluger added , “President Biden’s ban on LNG is radically short-sighted when it comes to the environmental risk. Clean natural gas is a major reason why the U.S. has reduced emissions more than any other nation.” Don't miss this from Fox Business:



Feb 14, 2024
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Voices Across the U.S. Warn that the EPA’s Radical Agenda Will Crush Local Communities and Economies

Last week, President Biden's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a standard on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that will have devastating consequences for American businesses and the livelihoods of millions of people. The standard further tightens restrictions on how much fine particulate matter the manufacturing and energy sectors can emit. This is despite the fact the EPA itself admitted that the U.S. has decreased PM2.5 concentrations by 42% since 2000 while at the same time our gross domestic product increased by 52%.  Studies show that nearly a million jobs and $200 billion in economic activity could be jeopardized as a result of the new PM2.5 standards. The EPA must reverse course on its harmful regulations that will make it nearly impossible to build or expand new manufacturing facilities in the United States.  Don’t miss what people across the country are saying:  Danny Seiden, CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce: “If EPA continues to increase burdensome regulations and not provide solutions, all development could be halted.”  Jason Giannelli, R&G Fanucchi and Old River Farming Company in Bakersfield, California: “As our industry and community strive to recover, this air quality regulation couldn't come at a worse time for our families and community. In fact, a recent study published by the National Association of Manufacturers and Oxford Economics estimates that nearly $32 billion in economic activity and 120,000 jobs in California alone could be impacted by this specific proposed rule.” Alec Messina, former Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director: “EPA’s own analysis projects Cook County and several other parts of Illinois exceeding the PM2.5 limits contemplated in the proposed rule, setting the stage for arduous environmental assessments, project delays and the threat of withheld funding — and that’s just according to EPA’s sunny forecast.”  […]  “Biden has embarked upon an aggressive legislative agenda with the stated goal of re-establishing American manufacturing might. Unfortunately, his own regulatory actions are at cross purposes with that objective.”  Mike Alaimo, Director of Environmental and Energy Affairs, Michigan Chamber of Commerce: “They’re trying to go too fast, too quick.”  […]  “The science and data are lacking from this rule, so it’s very concerning for Michigan manufacturers.”  Michael Canty, President and CEO of Alloy Precision Technologies in Ohio: “The Biden administration has talked a good game when it comes to spurring domestic manufacturing, especially here in Ohio. It’s too bad that the administration’s own Environmental Protection Agency is undermining these efforts and threatening to worsen the inflation and soaring costs that have hammered businesses and consumers across the state.” […] “EPA’s own analysis shows numerous counties across Ohio already exceed the PM2.5 levels in the proposed rule. It doesn’t help that there are still parts of the country that are in nonattainment of the current standards. These communities in nonattainment face onerous regulations and increased permitting requirements, which grind construction projects and facility expansions to a halt and restrict federal highway and transit dollars, i.e., infrastructure projects.”  Jezree Friend, Assistant Vice President, Manufacturers and Business Association in Pennsylvania: “Overall, the regulations could make it extraordinarily difficult to create new manufacturing jobs and protect existing manufacturing jobs in areas out of attainment. The regulations could also prevent much needed infrastructure improvements in these areas.”  Tony Bennett, President and CEO, Texas Association of Manufacturers: “While PM2.5 concentrations in the U.S. have declined by over 40% since 2000, the EPA is ignoring this progress and lowering the boom on domestic industry, endangering some of the very projects the Biden administration has championed—from transit projects to semiconductor fabrication facilities. “There’s no question that air quality is vital to our quality of life, and industries do—and will continue to—invest millions of dollars in innovative technologies that are successfully reducing environmental impacts. However, the EPA’s proposal to ratchet up the PM2.5 regulations is a misguided attempt to bolster their environmental bona fides doing little to benefit the environment while placing an undue burden on American manufacturers and threatening thousands of jobs and the goods every American relies on.”  Steve Stolipher, President, Jefferson County Commission in West Virginia: “The issue here is that, of course, I along with many other West Virginians agree that our air quality should be regulated within reason. But what I do not agree with is overly restrictive and onerous regulations that the EPA is considering as part of a new rulemaking process. These new particulate matter thresholds from the EPA fall into the latter category.”  Gina Suydam, President, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce: “Continued technological innovation and our members’ commitment to environmental stewardship indicate that additional reductions are on the horizon.  “Unfortunately, EPA’s proposal would disrupt the win-win scenario that we have achieved in Pennsylvania by pushing significant parts of the state and the country into non-attainment with tightened standards. Non-attainment status poses a host of challenges including increased permitting hurdles and skyrocketing demand for compliance credits. This translates to higher costs for businesses and consumers.”  TUNE IN at 10:00 AM tomorrow for our Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials legislative hearing for more about our solutions that appropriately balance protecting our environment while also ensuring America continues to maintain its economic leadership.  



Feb 14, 2024
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Biden’s LNG Export Ban is Based on Politics, Not Science

President Biden’s LNG export ban is an election-year decision to appease radical environmental activists who are intent on shutting down American energy. This decision jeopardizes our economy and our energy security. That’s why we're leading on H.R. 7176, the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act of 2024 , to reverse President Biden’s export ban and unleash American LNG to lower energy costs, advance U.S. energy security as well as the security of our allies, and reduce emissions. “Currently accounting for 22 percent of global primary energy consumption, natural gas will remain crucial to the world’s energy mix through 2050, even as alternative energy use grows, according to the latest International Energy Agency projections.” […]   “Unfortunately for the world, Russia produces much of this vital resource, as Europe discovered to its dismay when President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine—with an army that had been funded by earnings from Russian gas exports. Fortunately for the world, the United States has emerged as the top exporter of the supercooled form known as liquefied natural gas, or LNG. In fact, after the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration launched a largely successful effort to help allies substitute American LNG, delivered via ships, for pipelined Russian gas." [...]  However, that same Biden administration ordered a de facto halt to the approval of new facilities for exporting the resource to countries with which the United States does not have free-trade agreements—a category that includes all of Europe. It’s an election-year sop to climate activists that will do much more to unsettle vital U.S. alliances than to save the planet.”   […]   “The main short-run damage the administration’s obviously political decision does is to the United States’ reputation for rational, fact-based policymaking, and for wise consideration of climate control in the context of geopolitics. You cannot change demand for energy by destroying supply: If the United States did indeed curtail LNG exports, it would just drive customers into the arms of competitors such as Australia, Qatar, Algeria and, yes, Russia." CLICK HERE to read the full piece by the Washington Post Editorial Board. “The closer one looks, the more harm this raw political payoff to the climate left will do to U.S. national security and economic interests.”   […]   “The Administration is deliberately creating uncertainty about permit approvals and extensions to chill investment and discourage foreign governments from signing long-term contracts. Why risk investing in or signing a purchase agreement with a Gulf Coast project that may later be killed? Smarter to link up with the Qataris." […]   “While the Administration downplays the national-security risks of its self-embargo, U.S. allies worry it will make them more vulnerable to geopolitical disruptions. About 20% of the global LNG supply travels through the Strait of Hormuz. LNG cargoes to Europe are now being diverted from the Red Sea because of Houthi missile attacks.   “Russian and Iranian proxies could cause LNG prices to spike by attacking one or two large Qatar export facilities. Some countries in Asia might then burn more coal as they did in 2022 when LNG prices shot up. But Europeans are planning to retire coal and nuclear plants in the coming years on the expectation that they will have ample LNG from the U.S.   “As for America’s economic interests, a single LNG export project will produce about $600 billion in revenue over its lifespan and create thousands of jobs , including in steel manufacturing and fracking—no government subsidies required.”   CLICK HERE to read the full piece by the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board.  “A prominent Gen Z climate activist, who has amassed nearly 700,000 followers on TikTok, said he met with White House officials ahead of President Biden's decision to pause major liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects.”   […]   “Then, after he started posting the videos, Haraus said he met with White House climate advisers alongside environmental activists from the Gulf Coast also opposed to the projects. And on Jan. 26, the White House and Department of Energy (DOE) announced it had paused permitting for all pending LNG export terminals over climate impacts, appearing to cede to the activists' demands.”   “‘I was with activists from the Gulf Coast who have been fighting this for years,’” Haraus told Fox News Digital when asked about the White House meetings. " The policy demonstrates that they were somewhat receptive."   […]   “Following the joint White House and DOE announcement last month announcing the LNG export terminal permitting moratorium, Republicans, Democrats and energy industry groups have blasted the Biden administration for handing Russia a victory.   “In a letter to Biden, more than 150 House Republicans, including Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., argued that pausing LNG export growth threatens to cause increased U.S. energy prices, leads to higher global greenhouse gas emissions and harms the U.S. economy.   “The letter pointed to studies showing that LNG exports could add as much as $73 billion to the U.S. economy by 2040, create upwards of 453,000 American jobs and increase U.S. purchasing power by $30 billion.”   CLICK HERE to read more from Fox News.



Feb 7, 2024
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E&C Republicans: President Biden's LNG Export Ban is Reckless and Politically Motivated

Washington D.C. — Energy and Commerce Republicans are demanding President Biden reverse his liquefied natural gas (LNG) export ban, which is a blatant political decision to appease radical environmental activists who are intent on shutting down American energy.  This week, Members spoke about how disastrous this decision is and urged President Biden to reverse course during an Energy Subcommittee hearing and during a special session on the House Floor, led by Rep. John Joyce (R-PA). Unleashing American LNG will reduce emissions, lower energy costs, and further U.S. energy security and the security of our allies. Don’t miss these key moments calling out the Biden administration’s disastrous energy policies: Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA): “The administration is ignoring the fact that natural gas continues to create millions of new jobs, bring manufacturing back to the U.S., and revitalize communities across the country.” […] “President Biden’s LNG export ban will end these benefits for local economies, kill good American jobs, and increase energy prices for people across the board. “It will send manufacturing overseas, increase our dangerous dependence on China, and discourage investment in future American energy production.” Rep. John Joyce (R-PA): “This is not a pause. It is the first step of a process to ban outright any future export of LNG. “This was a political decision to pander to the far-left that will increase energy prices for American households. “It will abandon our allies in their time of energy need, it will harm family sustaining jobs, and it will relinquish American global energy leadership.” Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN): “Thanks to American innovation and energy technologies, the United States is the world’s largest producer of natural gas and exporter of LNG.” […] “American LNG is a critical asset that not only keeps our energy sector secure and competitive, but also helps reduce global emissions and our global dependence on energy from adversarial nations, like Russia.” Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI): “Even for a President known for inflation and global instability, this is an inexplicable move.” […] “I’ve yet to hear from any American clamoring to drive our allies to Russia and Iran, which is exactly what Biden’s LNG export ban will do.” Rep. John Curtis (R-UT): “Sometimes it feels to me like people hate fossil fuels more than they hate emissions." […] “We do produce [LNG] cleaner here than Russia, and not just by a little bit.” Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ): “Stopping the progress of building U.S. LNG terminals is just simply an irrational decision. “I cannot imagine a worse conceived idea that is more detrimental to reducing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, and it also decreases world energy security and U.S. national security.”   Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN): “This export ban will fuel higher costs for families here at home and push our allies abroad into the hands of our adversaries.” […] “American LNG is the cleanest form of natural gas available and has allowed the U.S. to lead the world in emissions reduction.” Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX): “ LNG is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whether some here want to admit that or not.” Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA): “Because of [LNG], we have actually reduced our carbon footprint substantially here. And guess what, we’re getting no love for it. All they’re trying to do is put [LNG] out of business.” Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH) : “Since Putin began his invasion of Ukraine, our European allies have raced to transition away from Russian energy by importing clean, American LNG. The administration’s short-sighted, dangerous decision accomplishes one thing, and one thing only, empowering Russia. “Claiming that this decision is based solely on protecting the environment is just absurd. Because of natural gas, the United States has reduced its own emissions more than any other country over the last 20 years. “The President’s ban on new LNG export projects is not an environmental decision. It’s a political decision.” Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA): “We can both have a cleaner, healthier planet and climate, as well as grow our economy and have affordable, reliable, secure, and abundant energy. “The greatest sense of environmental injustice to me is not allowing poor people or disadvantaged communities to be able to heat their homes because we make electricity unaffordable.” Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL): “Simply put, President Biden’s LNG ban puts politics over people, and America last." […] "Stopping LNG exports does not make the climate any cleaner or safer. In fact, the opposite happens. “Ultimately, this restriction will curtail innovation, investment, and the overall competitiveness of the United States energy sector in the global market.” […] “The White House seems more interested in taking domestic energy advice from TikTok influencers who are just in it for clicks, shares, and impressions.”



Feb 5, 2024
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Myth vs. Fact: Biden's LNG Export Ban

President Biden’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export ban puts politics over people. It jeopardizes the American economy and our energy security. It’s a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin that will harm our European allies. Here is the truth about Biden’s LNG export ban: MYTH: DOE needs to ban LNG export permits and conduct more studies.    FACT: The Department of Energy (DOE) has already commissioned five studies to examine the effects of U.S. LNG exports. The results unanimously demonstrate the benefits to the U.S. economy and domestic natural gas prices. DOE has also issued two studies that examined the life cycle greenhouse gas impacts of U.S. LNG exports showing strong environmental benefits. Notably, the two prior presidential administrations conducted these studies without blocking export permits.        MYTH: Banning American LNG Exports is good for the environment.  FACT: Clean natural gas is a major reason why the U.S. has reduced emissions more than any other nation. DOE has already studied the climate impacts of U.S. LNG exports, and their reports clearly show the environmental benefits. According to DOE, U.S. LNG exports are also 41% cleaner than Russian natural gas delivered to Europe.  MYTH: The decision to ban U.S. LNG export permits will not impact our ability to supply our allies.   FACT: The indefinite ban has already disrupted global energy markets and discouraged our allies in Europe who are desperately seeking to eliminate their dependence on Russian natural gas. In December 2023, more than 87% of U.S. LNG exports went to the European Union, United Kingdom, or Asian markets. Furthermore, U.S. LNG helped reduce natural gas prices in Europe by over 83% from 2022 levels following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Our European allies are rapidly constructing new LNG import facilities to wean themselves off of Russian natural gas. The decision to ban exports is sending the signal that America is not a dependable trading partner and undercuts our efforts to help Europe.        MYTH: Banning American LNG Exports will lower domestic energy prices.    FACT: Domestic natural gas prices are lower and more stable with free trade and open markets. The decision to ban exports creates uncertainty and discourages investments that would otherwise create jobs and expand the supply of natural gas. Banning LNG exports will actually mean higher prices at home for Americans. We need more American energy production to lower prices—not President Biden’s export ban.   MYTH: Banning American LNG exports will be good for the economy.   FACT: According to the American Petroleum Institute, increasing LNG exports could add as much as $73 billion to the U.S. economy and upwards of 453,000 American jobs by 2040. Removing restrictions on LNG will allow the U.S. to export more and encourage domestic production, which will reduce American energy supply vulnerabilities. Increasing LNG exports will also encourage investments in other industries, like manufacturing, which will help ensure we beat China. Tune in tomorrow at 10:00AM for our Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee hearing titled “Politics Over People: How Biden’s LNG Export Ban Threatens America’s Energy and Economic Security.” 



Feb 2, 2024
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Stopping Biden’s Radical Forced EV Transition

Americans Should Choose the Car They Drive President Biden and Democrats are leading a radical rush-to-green agenda that takes away people’s vehicle choice and forces Americans to drive electric vehicles. Electric vehicles are unaffordable and unrealistic for many Americans and a reliance on EVs cedes U.S. leadership to the Chinese Communist Party. Americans don’t want President Biden’s aggressive EV mandates—they want to choose what vehicle best suits their needs. That’s exactly what nearly 5,000 American car dealers told President Biden— twice —after EVs stacked up on their lots. They’re demanding the Biden administration “hit the brakes” on its unrealistic agenda. Electric vehicles continue to be more expensive than other alternatives and aren’t practical for many Americans—especially those living in rural communities. Furthermore, despite allocating $7.5 billion in 2021 to speed up its forced EV transition, the Biden administration just got its first vehicle charger up and running in Ohio one month ago. Hertz, a major rental car company, recently announced its plan to sell 20,000 electric vehicles and buy gas-powered cars instead. Additionally, according to a recent study by Consumer Reports, EVs have almost 80 percent more issues and are generally less reliable than vehicles with internal combustion engines. Earlier this month, electric vehicles across the country were failing to charge—or keep a charged battery—as a result of cold weather. Electric vehicles lose an average of 41 percent of their range when temperatures drop to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. As reported by Fox Business , in Chicago, “charging stations essentially turned into car graveyards as temperatures have dropped.” This forced EV transition also plays right into China’s hands . China controls the vast majority of critical minerals mining, processing, and manufacturing for electric vehicles. China has 78 percent of the world’s cell manufacturing capacity for EV batteries. To further their grip on EV technology against America, China implemented export controls on graphite, the single largest mineral component of any EV battery, on December 1, 2023. There is currently only one graphite-producing mine in North America. Policy experts across the board are sounding the alarm on the national security consequences of Biden’s forced EV transition and how it will strengthen China’s foothold in the American auto industry for decades to come. More than a dozen former senior military officials recently warned President Biden that his rush-to-green agenda “will undoubtedly open the U.S. up to economic manipulations by China, identical to what Russia is doing with Ukrainian grain exports, and [poses] a major threat to our national security.” Senior administration officials, like U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, are also raising concerns about Chinese influence over the electric vehicle market, recently stating in a letter to President Biden that “China has developed and implemented a plan to target the EV sector for dominance.” Energy and Commerce Republicans are leading to stop the administration’s radical EV agenda, preserve people’s vehicle choice, and ensure America—not China—is leading:   H.R. 1435, the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act, led by Rep. John Joyce (R-PA), protects America’s automotive future by stopping California and President Biden from dictating the vehicles Americans can drive. The bill passed the House in September 2023, by a bipartisan vote of 222-190.  H.R. 4468, the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act of 2023 , led by Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA), prevents the Biden administration from imposing a de facto EV mandate and ceding America’s auto future to China. The bill passed the House in December 2023, by a bipartisan vote of 221-197.  H.R. 4469, the No Fuel Credits for Batteries Act of 2023 , led by Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN), ends the EPA’s radical agenda that is reducing people's access to reliable, affordable transportation fuels and forcing them to transition to EVs. Bottomline: Americans—not the Biden administration—deserve to have the freedom to choose what vehicle suits them best.



Jan 31, 2024
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E&C Republicans Call Out President Biden’s Reckless Greenhouse Gas Fund

Top Takeaways from our Oversight Hearing The Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to examine President Biden’s $27-billion so-called “Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF).” The hearing further exposed how the program is vulnerable to waste, fraud, and abuse. Here are our top three takeaways: 1. The Biden administration is preparing to funnel taxpayer money to political allies to advance their rush-to-green agenda. Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA): One serious contender for a share of this 14-billion dollars is Power Forward Communities. This new entity, which has been formed to secure a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund award, is a coalition of several organizations, including Rewiring America. Rewiring America’s leadership includes a former Obama White House appointee, a former employee of liberal political action committees, and Democratic politician Stacey Abrams. Rewiring America is a project of the Windward Fund, which is controlled by Arabella Advisors. Arabella Advisors funnels donations to various left-leaning nonprofits. To give another example, the board of another applicant, the Coalition for Green Capital, includes former Biden administration officials and former senior staffer of the Democratic National Committee. These include David Hayes, a former senior official of President Biden’s White House Climate Policy Office, who was central to advancing President Biden’s climate agenda.” 2. The EPA could not confirm whether or not the Chinese Communist Party could receive money from the GGRF. Rep. Palmer (R-AL): Can you guarantee the American people that none of this money will wind up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party?   EPA: Unfortunately, Congressman, the answer is a little more complicated.   3. The EPA is investing taxpayer funding in projects that the private sector doesn’t consider worthwhile and could not confirm what metric they would use to determine if a project actually reduced emissions. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL): So you’re just kind of building the metrics as you go along, is what I’m hearing? Bottom line: The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund is a $27-billion slush fund of taxpayer money that will be used by the Biden administration to fund its radical rush-to-green agenda. Energy and Commerce Republicans will continue our oversight efforts to stop this green corruption. CLICK HERE to watch the full hearing. CLICK HERE to learn more about our oversight efforts.



Jan 29, 2024
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Biden’s LNG Export Ban is a Gift to Putin

Decision comes at the expense of America's energy security, jobs, and economy President Biden’s LNG export “pause” is a blatant political decision to appease his radical base at the expense of American energy security and the security of our allies. As Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said , “This is another gift to Putin.” Our European allies are desperately seeking American energy to counter Russia’s weaponization of its natural gas exports. In December 2023, more than 87 percent of U.S. LNG exports went to the European Union, United Kingdom, or Asian markets. President Biden’s LNG export pause weakens global energy security and undercuts our efforts to help Europe reduce its reliance on Russian energy.  If President Biden were serious about his rush-to-green agenda, he would unleash the production and export of clean, affordable, and reliable American LNG—which has roughly 40 percent lower lifecycle emissions than Russian LNG. American LNG has allowed us to reduce emissions more than any other nation, and we have the capacity to continue helping countries reduce their emissions even further.   Studies show that LNG exports could add upwards of $73 billion to the U.S. economy by 2040, create upwards of 453,000 American jobs, and increase U.S. held purchasing power by $30 billion. President Biden’s decision to pause LNG exports jeopardizes all of this—Congress must act to reverse this decision.   Don’t miss what Energy and Commerce Republicans are saying:



Jan 29, 2024
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Top Things to Know About President Biden’s Secret Plan to Dismantle the Snake River Dams

Washington D.C. — Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) are holding a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 AM to expose President Biden’s collusion with extreme environmental activists to tear down the Lower Snake River Dams. Here are three things you should know: 1. The dams are vital to the Pacific Northwest’s and the country’s way of life. Dams in the Columbia Snake River system provide more than one third of all the hydropower capacity in the United States. In Washinton State, hydropower accounts for 70 percent of the electricity consumed.  The dams helped transform Eastern Washington into one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Farmers irrigate their fields using water that is controlled because of the Snake River dams and also use the river system to ship their products around the world. Over $3 billion worth of cargo is shipped on the Columbia Snake River System every year, including 40 percent of America’s wheat.  2. Breaching the dams is not good for the environment.   The Lower Snake River Dams provide clean, renewable, reliable, and affordable energy that powers people’s homes and businesses. Removal of the dams will reduce hydropower production and make America more reliant on the world’s biggest polluter—China.  3. Despite the importance of the dams, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has led closed-door negotiations to breach the Lower Snake River Dams.   CEQ has ignored the concerns of people living in the Pacific Northwest. This process, which was supposed to be open and transparent, has instead consisted of an undisclosed number of backdoor meetings between a select group of organizations and individuals.   This small group is attempting to dictate decisions for the entire region—decisions that will significantly impact electricity rates, transportation, grid reliability, food and energy security, and the future of river-dependent communities.