The HEAT Report

August 17, 2021
Press Release

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.

The Latest:

The Biden Administration has had a rough August as its anti-American energy policies have caused skyrocketing prices at the gas pump. Instead of working with American oil producers to incentivize domestic oil and gas production and create American jobs, President Biden chose to abandon American producers and beg OPEC+ to pump more foreign oil as a way to bring relief at the pump for American consumers. This is a completely backwards approach to the problem created by the Administration, and it defies simple logic.
President Biden has abandoned American energy dominance and made our country more reliant on resources from foreign nations. President Biden killed the Keystone XL pipeline, halted new oil and gas lease sales, and waived sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. This plan puts American workers and households last and makes us more reliant on energy from countries with weaker environmental rules.

The Biden Administration is also pushing his inflation agenda by issuing executive orders that reinstate auto mileage standards and rapidly switch Americans to electric cars over the next decade. This is a plan that works for coastal elites, but will be paid for by everyday Americans.
America would be better off putting Americans in the energy sector back to work producing American energy resources to meet the needs of both our economy and the global economy by becoming a net exporter once again. The world should be able to rely on America, not OPEC+, to provide oil and gas.

This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member David Rouzer (R-N.C.) led 36 Republican members in a letter calling out the Biden Administration's plan to arbitrarily discriminate against certain U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects related to fossil fuels.

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and HEAT Co-Chairs Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) blasted the Biden Administration for urging OPEC and its allies to produce more oil to try and counter skyrocketing gas prices and increasing inflation in the United States.


Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) visited PBF Energy and the Toledo Refining Company to highlight the importance of Line 5 to Ohio and the greater Midwest region in terms of jobs, energy security, refined products, and economic growth.

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) sent a letter to President Biden raising concerns about the Administration's request for OPEC+ to produce more oil and gas to combat rising energy costs.

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) spoke with the West Virginia Coal Association to discuss solutions ensuring coal remains a viable part of America's energy future.

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) penned his 'Mullin' It Over' column on rising gas prices across America.

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) joined Scott Simon, Director of the Nature Conservancy in Arkansas, to discuss conservation efforts in the Natural State. Rep. Hill also penned an op-ed on improving access to the Lake Sylvia Recreation Area.

The staff of Representative Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) visited Albeni Falls Dam and other energy infrastructure in Priest River, Idaho, during the August recess.

Representative Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association are hosting a tour of oil and gas production facilities on Monday, August 30th, in Eastern Ohio.


The Response on Social Media:

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) criticized the Biden Administration for its anti-American energy policies that have decimated American energy dominance and made us more reliant on foreign oil.


HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) blasted President Biden for his decision to beg OPEC+ to produce more oil while gutting the American oil and gas industry.

Representative Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.) denounced President Biden for signing an executive order mandating that 50 percent of cars sold in America be electric by the year 2030.

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) condemned President Biden for making America more dependent upon foreign oil by begging OPEC+ to boost oil production.

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) slammed the Biden Administration for begging OPEC+ to produce more oil to meet the growing U.S. demand. His Administration has done everything to undercut domestic production while green-lighting our adversaries’ production.


Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) pointed out the hypocrisy of shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline and consequently eliminating American jobs while requesting that OPEC+ countries increase oil production.


Representative Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) noted that America has gone from energy independence under President Trump to heavy energy restrictions and a dependence on foreign oil under President Biden.

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley (R-W. Va.) bashed the Biden Administration for asking OPEC+ to pump more oil.

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