The HEAT Report

June 28, 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:

House Democrats have been signaling for weeks they’re ready for the White House to ditch talks with Congressional Republicans on a bipartisan infrastructure proposal in favor of trillions of dollars in socialist spending schemes completely unrelated to infrastructure.
Speaker Pelosi and her liberal lieutenants have made it loud and clear that their goal is to abandon bipartisanship to ram through more of their radical policies. Next week, the House will waste floor time to consider a partisan infrastructure bill modeled off of their job-killing “Green New Deal.” This dangerous plan is nothing more than a messaging exercise, but the message for the American people is clear: expect household electricity rates to skyrocket for low-income families, the destruction of millions of energy jobs for hard-working Americans, and an increase in global carbon emissions by shipping jobs overseas to America’s adversaries like China, Russia, and Iran, which emit carbon at exponentially higher rates than us.
Democrats still have not come to agreement on how to pay for this budget-busting tax spending boondoggle masquerading as an infrastructure bill. Nonetheless, they are happy to open the taxpayer spigots for their pet projects. Their plan ties up $1 of every $2 spent on meeting Green New Deal mandates but fails to deliver bipartisan regulatory reforms that would streamline project approval and construction while saving taxpayers money. Throwing money at infrastructure without the necessary reforms that will get projects built is nothing more than a recipe for waste and fraud. Even worse, the bill’s $4 billion electric vehicle mandate will funnel funds to the Chinese government and a Chinese-controlled mineral supply chain known for using child labor and its terrible emissions record, instead of focusing that investment here in the United States. 
Meanwhile, Republicans are focused on negotiating a bipartisan deal that is centered around actual infrastructure, like improving our roads, bridges, waterways, and increased broadband deployment. President Biden should fulfill the promise of unity that he made as a candidate and work with Republicans to accomplish a significant infrastructure overhaul through common-sense solutions that will actually rebuild our roads, bridges, and waterways.

This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)
joined 37 other members in sending a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland expressing concerns regarding the devastating impacts of the Biden Administration's illegal suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. They requested that the Administration provide details on the resumption of leases following a federal judge's ruling that overturned the leasing ban as well as reimbursements for any losses caused by the cancellations. 

HEAT Co-Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) spoke in opposition to the Methane CRA – another attack by House Democrats and the Biden Administration on American energy production. It is illogical that President Biden waives sanctions on dirty Russian energy projects while he kills American projects and imposes job-killing regulations on American producers. Russia would love nothing more than for America to be energy dependent and President Biden helping achieve this goal. Vladimir Putin is laughing.

Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) addressed a joint meeting of the West Virginia Coal Association and the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute. In his remarks, he outlined what supporters of coal in Congress are doing to ensure a robust future. He also called on coal supporters to educate the public on the devastating economic impacts of a world without coal. 

Representatives Garret Graves (R-La.) questioned Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the Biden Administration’s policies and actions that have kneecapped the nation’s energy production. Rep. Graves also highlighted the fact that halting energy production reduces funding for Louisiana’s hurricane protection, flood control and coastal ecosystem restoration.

Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) questioned Interior Secretary Deb Haaland regarding President Biden’s choice to abandon his campaign pledge to use domestic, union miners and instead to use minerals sourced abroad.

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) and the Arkansas delegation sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers condemning their decision to repeal and replace the Trump Administration's Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) joined Good Morning Wyoming to discuss a federal judge's recent decision overturning a ban on all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. 

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) took to the House Floor to criticize House Democrats for attempting to reinstate harmful Obama-era regulations on methane emissions.  

Energy News:

House GOP Actions:

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and 34 other members sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland regarding the Biden Administration's illegal pause on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. Specifically, the members wrote about their concerns regarding the negative impacts President Biden's suspension on new leases has already had and requested that the Administration compensate for the cancellations that have already occurred this year.

The Response on Social Media:

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) revealed the true costs of President Biden's disastrous policies on the American economy and how American livelihoods are being impacted.  


Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Ranking Member David McKinley, P.E. (R-W. Va.) tweeted about his Clean Energy Future Through Innovation Act of 2021. This bipartisan legislation would prioritize innovation before regulation to lower carbon emissions and commercialize innovative technologies such as carbon capture, utilization and storage.

Representative French Hill (R-Ark.) showcased his efforts to increase conservation education and improve outdoor recreation in Arkansas.


Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) participated in a press conference announcing the launch of the Conservative Climate Caucus.

Representative Greg Pence (R-Ind.) welcomed the in-person return of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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