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Comer Releases Report on Democrats’ War on American Energy Production

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) issued a report outlining how the Biden Administration and Oversight Committee Democrats have demonized domestic oil and gas production, promoted anti-American energy policies, and failed to produce a comprehensive plan to address high energy prices and ongoing marketplace shortages impacting the American people.

“One-party Democrat rule in Washington has created an energy crisis for the American people. Democrats have weaponized their unchecked power to wage a war against American-made energy production and push radical, far-left Green New Deal policies that jeopardize Americans’ ability to power their homes,” said Ranking Member Comer. “In the last two years, Democrats diverted substantial resources into a partisan investigation of America’s oil and gas industry. At the same time, President Biden shut down the Keystone XL pipeline, implemented a moratorium on oil and gas production on federal lands, drained U.S. oil reserves, and enacted energy policies that increased costs for Americans. Instead of demonizing an industry that provides good-paying jobs and affordable energy for all Americans, Republicans are committed to promoting policy solutions that unleash domestic energy production and put the interests of the American people first.”

The report, entitled “Democrats’ War on Domestic Energy Production and Its Impact on the American People,” emphasizes the importance of reversing the geopolitical, economic, and inflationary damage caused by President Biden’s failed energy policies. In addition, the report reiterates Committee Republicans’ commitment to conducting meaningful oversight over Biden Administration officials responsible for energy policies wreaking havoc on Americans’ livelihoods.       

Below are key findings from the report:

  • Oil and Gas companies cooperated with Committee Democrats’ partisan investigation. Instead of conducting oversight of the Biden Administration, Committee Democrats used their oversight authority to issue unnecessary subpoenas, demand information protected by the First Amendment, request board members’ personal information, and claim the companies were not cooperating despite providing over a million pages of documents.
  • The Biden Administration’s disastrous energy policies led to high gas prices and historic inflation. While Committee Democrats attacked oil and gas companies, gas prices hit record highs during the summer of 2022. Sky-high inflation—coupled with spending sprees by the Biden Administration enabled by congressional Democrats—strains the pocketbooks of the American people as prices continue to outpace wages.
         
  • Democrats have failed to produce a coherent energy policy. President Biden’s failed energy policy sends mixed messages to a domestic energy sector facing immense uncertainties.  President Biden commits to drastically cutting emissions in half by 2030, which would necessitate cuts to production, and immediately after, attacks companies for not producing enough energy.
  • Anti-American energy policies have jeopardized national security. Even prior to Russia’s large-scale military invasion of Ukraine—which exposed Europe’s reliance on Russian energy—the U.S. was experiencing record high gas prices. Reliance on foreign energy sources enriches adversaries and undermines national security.
  • Emerging green technology is not yet capable of meeting Americans’ energy demands. A premature move away from fossil fuels would be a disaster for the economy, leaving Americans unable to power their homes or travel to work and school.

Ranking Member Comer details ten measures Biden Administration officials could consider that would unleash U.S. domestic energy potential and protect American energy independence.

Click here to read the report.

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Author: Jessica Collins

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