ICYMI: E&C Republicans Advance Solutions to Unleash American Energy
House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans are leading on solutions to reverse the damage of President Biden’s war on American energy from day one to shut down our energy production and make us reliant on China. Last week, the committee advanced 16 bills to the full committee that will help unleash American energy, lower prices, secure our supply chain, and address climate issues. The Committee will hold a Full Committee markup on Thursday, March 9, to advance these solutions to the House floor.
WATCH Chair Rodgers on Fox Business’ Larry Kudlow discussing E&C Republicans’ robust agenda to end President Biden’s war on American energy.
Chair Rodgers: We must reverse President Biden's war on American energy, and this week in committee, we started the process.
We have several bills that we voted on in [our] subcommittees.
Our goal is to have a very significant down payment on the House floor at the end of this month.
We want to get this out of the House to unleash American energy [which is] just so foundational to our economy, our geopolitical standing, our leadership... to bring down gas prices, and secure our supply chains.
The Washington Examiner: House Republicans voted Tuesday to advance bills aimed at expanding U.S. energy production and reining in Biden-era environmental regulations.
The legislation would undo some of the administration's most prized bills and regulations related to climate change.
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Minerals and the House Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security convened separately to approve 16 bills aimed at restoring U.S. energy dominance and reducing what Republicans argue are overly burdensome regulations imposed by the Biden administration.
"We must create an energy system in the United States that is affordable, reliable, and secure while maintaining our high environmental standards to ensure clean air, water, and soil, and these bills do just that," House Energy and Commerce Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Tuesday at the outset of the hearings.
The 16 bills will advance to the full committee for a vote.
The Daily Signal: House Republicans want to roll back a $27 billion “green bank,” the largest grant program in the massive spending bill dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act and passed in August by the Democrat-controlled Congress.
Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee under the new GOP-controlled House, introduced legislation to get rid of the “slush fund” set up for use by President Joe Biden. The House panel plans to mark up the bill next week.
“There is a lack of accountability. This was done in the dark of night,” Palmer told The Daily Signal. “It’s a slush fund meant to benefit one constituency, but not anyone else. There will be a lot of cronyism.”
Palmer said he fears that the EPA’s green bank will result in something like the $535 million loan made by the Obama administration to the politically connected solar power company Solyndra, which ended up going bankrupt and was investigated by the FBI.
“This reminds me of Solyndra. That was $500 million down the tubes,” the Alabama Republican said.
Moreover, Palmer noted, this effort would boost America’s top adversary.
“For solar panels, 70% of materials come from China. We don’t have a lot of rare earth elements,” Palmer said.
See what leading energy and environment experts are saying about E&C Republican solutions:
American Chemistry Council (ACC)
CLICK HERE to read ACC’s letter of support for E&C energy solutions.
Heather Reams, President, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES)
The United States is the gold standard for energy production and generation, and the legislation advanced today by the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee demonstrates Republicans’ commitment to American energy leadership,” said CRES President Heather Reams. “When the United States supplies more of our world’s energy, global emissions go down. CRES commends the work of Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Committee Republicans who are working to increase American energy production. We will continue to advocate for commonsense policies to improve permitting and licensing, incentivize domestic development, and unleash our energy resources.
Letter from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber applauds the subcommittee’s focus on the broken federal permitting process. We support the legislation being considered that would draw attention to this problem and would ensure greater predictability and transparency for the development of critical infrastructure. Specifically, the Chamber supports several bills aimed at enhancing domestic energy security and supporting America’s leading role in innovation and the reduction of carbon emissions:
- H.R. 1068, the “Securing America’s Critical Minerals Supply Act”
- H.R. 1085, the “Researching Efficient Federal Improvements for Necessary Energy Refining (REFINER) Act”
- H.R. 1130, the “Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act”
- H.R. 1115, the “Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act”
Letter from the American Petroleum Institute
API remains focused on working in a bipartisan manner to find common-sense, economically-sound solutions to not only maintain our energy independence, but also assist our allies around the world as they grapple with energy uncertainty resulting from Russia’s war in Ukraine. The “Unlocking our Domestic LNG Potential Act of 2023”, is a strong step in this direction.
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