E&C Republicans Hold Biden Administration Accountable for its Reckless Rush-to-Green Agenda

House Republicans are leading on solutions like H.R. 1, the “Lower Energy Costs Act,” which will unleash American energy, lower prices, create jobs, reduce emissions, strengthen our national security, and secure our supply chains. This will raise the standard of living for all Americans.

As House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said on the House Floor in support of H.R. 1:

“Here in the United States of America, we are blessed with the ability and resources to continue to raise the standard of living globally and even lift people out of poverty.

“Our goal is to celebrate how our abundant energy resources have unleashed prosperity and invited people from around the globe to come to America to achieve their hopes and dreams.”

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held hearings recently with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and urged the Biden administration to reverse its anti-American energy policies that will leave Americans dangerously reliant on the Chinese Communist Party for our energy needs.

Highlights from the hearings below:

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“Republicans are for energy innovation because we just simply cannot de-industrialize the United States in pursuit of the 100% use of wind and solar power generation, which seems to be the administration’s current policy. The results would be disastrous. So, we’re not going to go along with this idea of the ESG inspired, so-called, ‘energy transition,’ that is now synonymous with the fantasy that the world will totally shut down the use of oil, natural gas, and coal. Yes, Republicans do care about the climate and the environment, but we also believe we need to bring reason to the discussion. Perhaps rather than a premature energy transition, we could change the conversation to an energy journey, one with very real grid reliability, grid resilience, safety, security, and economic considerations to address along the way,” Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Chair Bill Johnson (R-OH) said.

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“Republicans on Energy and Commerce have solutions to reverse the Democrats’ regressive energy agenda. H.R. 1, the ‘Lower Energy Costs Act’ passed the House a few weeks ago with a bipartisan vote. The legislation would create a regulatory structure that encourages investment and innovation to bring all forms of energy online,” Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) said.

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“China actually has a stranglehold on the lithium supply chain and, they have invested $6 billion worth of assets in lithium in Chile, Canada, and Australia, and currently hold north of 60% of the refining capacity. There’s one mine in the United States, and it cannot cover 20% of the current EV consumption,” Vice Chairman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) said.

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“Especially after EPA's announcement of its newest crackdown on fossil fuel plants, what are we going to do in our country to mitigate coal and natural gas power plant closures and ensure that America doesn’t fall prey to grid failures like China did?” Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) said.

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“We’ve cleaned up our environment to a great degree, better than any other country in the world, with natural gas,” Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) said.

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“Why in the world would we want to increase funding for the Department of Energy when it appears to be going after consumer choice and quite frankly, Americans?” Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) said.

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“I speak for 750,000 constituents that are extremely worried about the overreach and the attack and the assault on American energy,” Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX) said.