The HEAT Report

July 23, 2021
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The HEAT Report is a weekly newsletter focusing on how members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) promote American energy security, and an all-of-the-above energy economy.
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This week, the Biden Administration struck a deal with Germany to allow Russia to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. This is a huge gift for one of America's biggest adversaries and further entrenches Russian energy influence throughout Europe while the Biden Administration turns on our allies and depletes American energy dominance. 
For decades, our allies have counted on us to be a beacon of democracy and thwart the efforts of bad actors to undermine their security and exert control over sovereign nations. Due to the American energy renaissance of the last decade, American oil and gas exports have become new tools for reducing Russian manipulation of the energy market and lowering global emissions. But in just six months in office, President Biden’s anti-American energy policies canceled the Keystone Pipeline and paused oil and gas lease sales, which have wiped out thousands of energy jobs here at home while shipping good-paying American jobs overseas to countries with worse environmental standards. With the Nord Stream 2 deal, President Biden abandoned our allies and subverted American global energy dominance. 
America's Eastern European allies have now been made more susceptible to Russian coercion because the Biden Administration ceded to Vladimir Putin. Russia will continue to use natural resources as a political tool against Europe and to advance Putin’s political objectives. The United States should be expanding our exports to provide our friends and allies important energy diversity and security, yet the Biden Administration undercuts American energy and our efforts to help our allies buy their energy from us. 
As Biden continues to wage war on American energy independence, the double standards of his policies are becoming clear. American families and businesses are forced to shoulder the burden of soaring gas prices and an increase in the cost of everyday household products. But Russia gets a free pass for its oil and gas. It’s well past time for Biden to stand up for American energy and stop Russia from threatening the security of our allies. The United States should be providing Europe a reliable alternative to Russian gas that will create more free market competition, diversify Europe’s energy supply, and restore American energy dominance.

This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) highlighted common-sense, bipartisan policy solutions at the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup this week, including Whip Scalise's Secure Equipment Act.

At a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on ransomware, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) highlighted the need for increased energy infrastructure as well as heightened cybersecurity measures to lessen the impacts of an attack on our nation’s energy infrastructure. McKinley specifically called for additional resilience in our pipeline and electric grid networks.

Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) celebrated House passage of his Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnership Act and his Cyber Sense Act. Both bills aim to improve America's electric infrastructure by encouraging coordination between the Department of Energy and electric utilities.

Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) joined The Empowerment Alliance for a message hitting President Biden for surrendering American energy independence as gas prices have skyrocketed this summer.

Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) joined Fox Business Network's The Evening Edit to discuss the continued consequences of President Biden's harmful energy policies. 

Energy News:

House GOP Actions:

Highlights from this week's House Energy and Commerce Committee markup can be found here. The Committee passed 16 health bills and 8 communication and technology bills with bipartisan support.

The Response on Social Media:

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) slammed Congressional Democrats for their drunken spending binge that's fueling inflation and causing the price of everything from gasoline to grocery store products like eggs and milk to skyrocket.


Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) blasted the Kentucky Public Service Commission for its Thursday decision to hurt coal miners and the coal community in West Virginia.  In a statement, McKinley expressed disappointment in the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s decision to deny American Electric Power a rate increase in the Bluegrass State.

Representative Carol Miller (R-W. Va.) criticized the Biden Administration for allowing Vladimir Putin to complete his Nord Stream 2 pipeline, gifting Russia the opportunity to expand its energy influence throughout Europe.

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) pointed out how Washington Democrats' tax-and-spend agenda is causing inflation to soar, leaving hard-working Americans paying more on everything from gasoline to bacon.

Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) blasted President Biden's decision to approve Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline while undermining American energy independence. 

Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) bashed President Biden for green-lighting Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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