The HEAT Report

April 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, President Biden convened a Global Summit with world leaders where he announced that America will recommit to the disastrous Paris Agreement. Biden pledged to reduce American carbon emissions by 50 percent compared to 2005 levels by 2030 — significantly more than the national commitment set under the Obama Administration.

To achieve the 50-percent slash in carbon emissions, America would need to add 125 million electric vehicles and cease all coal production, which currently makes up a substantial amount of electricity generation. Also, 80 percent of electricity would have to be generated from renewable energy in the next nine years, though renewables only make up 17 percent of electricity production right now. 

This impractical goal will thwart America’s stance as a world leader in energy production and emissions reductions, while guaranteeing that millions of American jobs will be shipped overseas to countries like China and India that produce high rates of pollution and don’t have to abide by the same rules of the Paris Agreement. 

Once again, President Biden is caving to the whims of his far-left base, and American families and workers will be forced to bear the price tag of this Administration’s detrimental energy policies. 

This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)
and 27 HEAT members slammed President Biden for pledging to shackle the United States to a new sweeping and unattainable Paris Agreement commitment that will destroy thousands of energy jobs and devastate American workers.

In an Energy and Commerce Hearing, HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) pushed back against the fallacious fear tactics used to attack fracking and energy production in the United States. He also exposed how regressive Biden Administration energy policies will hurt low-income communities and those impacted by COVID-19 the most. Incentivizing investment and job creation will be critical in helping distressed communities recover from economic instability.

HEAT Co-Chair, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) wrote a column on the importance of energy security.

House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) introduced the Trillion Trees Act of 2021 to plant one trillion trees globally by 2050 and incentivize the use of wood products as carbon sequestration devices. Studies show that restoring 1 trillion new trees globally would sequester 205 gigatons of carbon, an amount equivalent to two-thirds of all manmade emissions remaining in the atmosphere today.

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) led and moderated a virtual forum focused on countering President Biden's devastating energy policies. He also lambasted Democrats at an Energy and Committee hearing for seeking to eviscerate fossil fuel development in America.

Representative Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) blasted President Biden on the House Floor for his executive order terminating the Keystone XL pipeline and eliminating thousands of energy jobs. 

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) introduced the Accessing America’s Critical Minerals Act because permitting mines for critical minerals should not take two decades.

Representative Garret Graves (R-La.) brought Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson to a House Natural Resources Republican Forum to discuss the impact moratoriums have on both the economy and hurricane and flood protection.

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) co-sponsored the bipartisan Trillion Trees Act of 2021 with Rep. Westerman.
Representative Fred Keller (R-Pa.) joined Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) for a webinar hosted by Cabot Oil & Gas to discuss current and proposed energy policies.

Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) spoke in the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the harm rushing to renewable energy will cause to low-income communities and seniors on fixed incomes.

Energy News:

Biden Administration Actions:

During his climate summit, President Biden committed the United States to slashing its greenhouse emissions by 50 percent by 2030, doubling the target set by the Obama Administration for the 2015 Paris Agreement. The agreement gives a free pass to China and India, while guaranteeing that millions of American jobs will be eliminated.

House GOP Actions:

House Select Climate Committee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-La.), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), and Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released a statement after they introduced the Paris Transparency and Accountability Act that calls for renegotiating the Paris Agreement or developing a new agreement to ensure China and all major emitters have results comparatively to the United States.

The Opinion Pages:
The Response on Social Media:

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) recounted the terrible policies President Biden has put in place throughout his first 100 days in office, including the termination of the Keystone XL pipeline which has killed thousands of American jobs.

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) highlighted the negative effects a fracking ban would have on his constituents and energy consumers across the country. On average, a fracking ban would increase household energy costs by $618 a year. To prevent this, Rep. Duncan introduced H.R.751, Protecting American Energy Production Act to prohibit the President from a declaring a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing.

HEAT Co-Chair, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) posted a video to YouTube talking about President Biden's destructive "Green New Deal."

House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) held a forum to look at the impact President Biden's executive orders have had on the nation.

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) denounced Democrats for reintroducing the Green New Deal, which would guarantee that America would no longer remain energy-dominant globally.

Representative Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) pointed out the $90 trillion price tag of AOC and Democrats' "Green New Deal," which would cost more than all tax revenue collected in history.

Representative Garret Graves (R-La.) questioned a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management official about the agency's qualifications to make decisions on offshore energy production.

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) criticized Democrats for doubling down to once again introduce their destructive "Green New Deal" legislation.

Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) tweeted about the need for domestic critical mineral production.

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