Congressman Keller breaks down American energy independence in new video

June 16, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) today released a video detailing the many ways Americans rely on fossil fuels, including oil and natural gas, in their daily lives and explaining the critical role that domestic oil and gas production plays in bolstering our national security.

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In the video, Congressman Keller breaks down America’s energy use by type and makes the case against President Biden’s anti-energy agenda by pointing out that the vast majority of Americans rely on oil and gas to power their lives. He highlights the importance of using alternative energy sources to complement fossil fuels, but cautions against policies that would hamper domestic oil and gas production and make America increasingly reliant on foreign energy sources.

Recently, Congressman Keller and Western Caucus Chairman Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) co-authored an Op-Ed for Fox News slamming the Biden administration’s energy priorities and calling for a return to energy independence.

A full transcript of the video is available below:


Let’s talk about energy. You’ve probably been hearing a lot about it recently. So, what is energy—and why does it matter?


Energy is what heats our homes. It fuels our cars and it powers our lives. Without it, we couldn’t manufacture products or trade goods around the globe. Energy is what keeps America going.


We get our energy in several ways, but the two most important sources are from oil and natural gas. Together, these make up nearly 70 percent of all the energy we use. By comparison, even when you factor in every type of renewable energy, they still only account for 11 percent of America’s energy needs.


Since 1990, America’s oil and gas industry has increased production by 71% while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions by almost a quarter.


It’s this productivity that enabled us to achieve energy independence. Two years ago, we were producing more energy than we used, and that we didn’t have to rely on other countries for fuel anymore—we could do it ourselves.


It wasn’t always this way, though. For much of the 20th century, America was critically dependent on oil from overseas. We were at the mercy of countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia.


The price they demanded was the price we paid, and if they decided to turn off the supply, we were powerless to stop them. In 2019, America finally broke away from this dependence, becoming fully energy independent for the first time in more than 60 years.


It took America six decades to get our independence back. It took Joe Biden less than six months to erase virtually all that progress. From his first day in office, President Biden has sought to dismantle America’s energy infrastructure—cancelling pipelines and placing a ban on all new drilling on federal lands.


We know that the future of America’s energy independence will require an all-of-the-above approach to energy that uses wind, solar, hydro- and nuclear power to complement fossil fuels. However, it is clear that the vast majority of Americans still count on oil and gas to power their lives. 


Diminishing our energy supply does nothing to reduce its demand. After all, homes will still need heat, cars will still need fuel, and goods will still need to move.


These policies won’t make America any greener, only weaker. Knowing that, the proposition is simple:


Do we pursue policies that enable us to reassert our energy independence and produce these resources here in America, or do we allow ourselves to go back to relying on foreign oil from countries that don’t want America to succeed?


Americans have enjoyed the prosperity, security, and cleaner environment that comes with being energy independent. Why would we ever want to go back?

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