The HEAT Report

June 18, 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:

This week, President Biden was dealt a blow in his all-out assault on American energy when a federal judge blocked the Biden Administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. 
This gut check for President Biden is a major win for the rule of law, thousands of energy workers in the oil and gas industry, and ordinary Americans who have been forced to eat skyrocketing prices at the gas pump. This decision also underscores a hard truth for President Biden — he doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally jam through his radical Green New Deal proposals.
Since taking office, President Biden has done serious damage to the economic livelihoods of millions of American families and, instead, his actions have only benefited Russia. For evidence, look no further than his executive order cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline and his recent decision to waive crucial sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline which will allow Russia to expand its energy influence throughout Europe.
Energy made in America creates jobs, lowers the cost of gas and electricity for all hard-working families and small businesses, and helps America’s allies across the world. It’s time the Biden Administrations gets serious about putting American energy first and stops hurting American families and wiping out well-paying jobs.

This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and HEAT Co-Chairs Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.)
released statements following a federal judge's ruling which blocked the Biden Administration from suspending new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. This decision is a major victory for thousands of Louisiana energy workers who rely on offshore oil and gas jobs to support their livelihoods.

In an Energy and Commerce Committee markup, HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) led an amendment which expressed Congress’s disapproval of the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline. By waiving sanctions, President Biden is green-lighting Russian energy infrastructure while he simultaneously kills American energy projects and jobs. Every single Democrat voted to block the amendment, following the Biden Administration’s lead in prioritizing Russian energy projects over American jobs, energy security, and influence.

Representatives Garret Graves (R-La.), Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) led 65 House Republicans in a letter to President Biden slamming him for waiving sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Representative Fred Keller (R-Pa.) co-authored an op-ed with Western Caucus Chairman Representative Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) on the national security implications of President Biden’s energy agenda. Rep. Keller also released a video on the importance of the oil and gas industry for America’s energy independence.

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) joined Representative Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (R-Ariz.) to advocate for the coal industry and point out that moving away from coal is costing thousands of American jobs.

In an Energy and Commerce Committee forum, Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) called out the Biden Administration for putting China over America by forcing climate policies that are bad for American business.

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) wrote an op-ed in recognizing June as Great Outdoors Month.

Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) introduced the UNSHACKLE Act which is a NEPA reform bill that would codify the Trump Administration’s much-needed NEPA reforms.

Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) urged Energy Secretary Granholm to follow through on the Biden Administration's plan to establish a uranium reserve, which the Trump Administration had previously proposed. He also noted how important it is for the U.S. not to rely on a foreign uranium supply.

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) sent a letter to the Department of Energy emphasizing the importance of Hoosier energy innovation. He also visited a Marathon Petroleum renewable fuels biodiesel facility over the recess as he continues to fight for an all-of-the-above energy strategy.

Energy News:

House GOP Actions:

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) hosted a forum examining the harmful impacts the Biden Administration's radical environmental policies will have on the American people and the economy.

These impacts include increased electricity rates, increased manufacturing costs, and the loss of state and local tax revenue. The forum focused on policies like the accelerated transition to weather-dependent resources for the grid, electric vehicle mandates, and the use of regulations and executive actions to eliminate fossil fuels from the U.S. energy mix.

The Response on Social Media:

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) pointed out how President Biden's horrendous agenda is putting America last when he canceled the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, yet  recently, he decided to give a gift to Russia by waiving sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.


HEAT Co-Chair Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) slammed President Biden after the Keystone XL pipeline was officially terminated following his decision to revoke a permit for the project on his first day in office.

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) blasted the Biden Administration over his responsibility for the Keystone XL pipeline developers deciding to abandon the project.


Representative Garret Graves (R-La.) celebrated a ruling by a Louisiana U.S. District Court Judge overturning the Biden Administration's ban on new oil and gas leases on federal land and waters.

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) discussed the importance for Congress to return in-person for committee work.

Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) denounced the decision by President Biden and G-7 leaders to not support the coal industry.

Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) criticized President Biden’s decision to suspend oil leases and abandon domestic production which threatens America's energy independence.

Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) applauded a federal judge's ruling blocking the Biden Administration's illegal ban on new oil and gas exploration leases.

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) joined Representative Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (R-Ariz.) to discuss copper development in Minnesota.

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