Chair Rodgers on the President’s Remarks on his Radical Rush-to-Green Agenda
Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement in response to President Biden’s remarks on his radical “rush-to-green" agenda that is shutting down American energy and making us more reliant on China.
“President Biden has kept his campaign promise to shut down American energy. On day one he shut down the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then, he’s continued to enact policies that trade our energy security away to the Chinese Communist Party and OPEC+. Energy prices are still higher now than when he took office, which is making life unaffordable for Americans.
“Republicans on Energy and Commerce have laid the groundwork to improve our energy infrastructure, reduce emissions, prioritize energy security, and keep energy costs low.
“Our first order of business this Congress was to pass H.R. 21 and H.R. 22. These bills, which passed out of the House with bipartisan support, would protect the Strategic Petroleum Reserve—a vital asset for American energy security—from being abused by President Biden for political purpose or sold to China.
“In addition, we will continue our robust oversight of how the administration implements the ‘IRA,’ which embraces massive government subsidies and regulations to place unreliable, weather dependent renewables above all other energy sources. It fails to reduce the regulatory, permitting, and licensing barriers that hamper the deployment of American energy and infrastructure, like hydropower, advanced nuclear, and natural gas export terminals and pipelines. These are just some of the solutions we discussed today in our legislative hearing that would have a real impact on reducing emissions and provide people with affordable, reliable, and abundant energy.
"It’s time for President Biden to abandon his radical agenda and embrace Republican solutions, which will unleash our vast energy abundance, make energy more affordable for Americans, and restore our energy dominance.”