Republican Leaders Blast Biden Administration for Tapping Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Counter Self-Created Energy Crisis
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), and Subcommittee on Energy Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-Mich.) released the following joint statement on the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve:
“Americans are paying dramatically more at the pump than they have in years, and home heating costs are escalating as we brace for a cold winter. These surging energy costs across America are the result of the Biden Administration’s anti-American energy policies. Releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is not a long-term solution that will help hard-working families devastated by these failed policies.
“President Biden should be focused on working with American energy producers to boost production here at home – not begging OPEC countries and Russia to produce more oil or coordinating with China to release strategic reserves. If they want to help Americans and ease this self-created energy crisis, the Biden administration should reverse course on its devastating decisions to cancel and halt pipelines in the U.S., close off federal lands and waters to oil and gas development and production, and delay permitting for energy infrastructure projects. There is no excuse for ignoring American workers and turning to foreign nations for more energy when we could produce more here at home to lower energy costs for families.”