More than 140 representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives asked President Joe Biden to support domestic energy production and reverse his “disastrous energy policies,” which strengthen enemy countries such as Russia, Iran, and Venezuela.
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) raises the contradiction of restricting the development of the energy industry while negotiating with international competitors.
“Dear President Biden: It is total hypocrisy to kneecap American-made energy while simultaneously begging our adversaries like Russia, Iran, and Venezuela to increase their oil production. Your policies are making things much, much worse—for everyone,” McCarthy tweeted.
In their letter, the representatives cite actions taken by the Biden administration that weaken the country’s energy production and should be eliminated.
“Unfortunately, your recent request of OPEC+ is consistent with a number of anti-American energy policies that your Administration and congressional Democrats are pushing, including: cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline; proposing to ban domestic fracking,” they list.
And they add: “declaring a moratorium on oil and natural gas leases on Federal lands and waters; and changing tax law to harm domestic production.”
It is noteworthy that nine months into the Biden administration, the price of gasoline has increased by nearly a dollar, reaching an average of 3.28 dollars per gallon. In some parts of California, it is already approaching five dollars.
Worse, the government announced on October 13 that households could see heating bills soar by as much as 54%.
The contrast is even greater when considering that then-President Donald Trump won the country’s energy independence in 2019, something not seen for 62 years.
Also, this year’s oil production remains at about 2 million barrels per day, a fraction of the nearly 13 million barrels per day the U.S. produced in 2019, before the pandemic.
For her part, the executive director of the American Exploration and Production Council trade association, Anne Bradbury, expressed her views that coincide with those proposed by Republican lawmakers in a statement.
“To ensure we have a stable and affordable supply of energy here in the United States, the Biden Administration should support the domestic production of oil and natural gas, ensure the continued production on federal land, work with the industry on sensible and smart methane regulations, and stop calling for higher taxes on the American oil and gas industry,” Bradbury said according to Politico.
Against this backdrop, the cost of living in the U.S. soared in September, driven primarily by gasoline and food prices.
The latest data from the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the U.S. consumer price index (CPI) rose to 5.4% year-on-year in September, the highest rate in 13 years.