ICYMI: Keller, Newhouse make the case for American energy in Fox News Op-Ed

June 9, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — In case you missed it, Fox News today published an Op-Ed written by Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) and Western Caucus Chairman Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) on the national security implications of President Biden’s energy agenda.

 

In the piece, Keller and Newhouse argue that the president’s efforts to limit domestic energy production have empowered foreign nations like Russia to dominate the global energy market. Furthermore, the congressmen outline how America’s renewed dependence on foreign oil threatens the United States’ broader national security interests.

 

Below are some excerpts from the Op-Ed as it appears in Fox News:

 

Two years ago, the United States achieved energy independence for the first time since 1957. In 2019, we produced more energy than we consumed and became a net exporter of energy thanks to pro-growth policies that allowed American companies to utilize our vast natural resources to meet our country’s growing needs.  

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In less than five months, Joe Biden’s shortsighted, politically motivated maneuvers have erased virtually all of this progress, and in turn have made us increasingly dependent on foreign energy. 

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Consequently, this renewed dependence poses an imminent national security threat.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that domestic energy production has grown substantially in the past decade, largely thanks to improvements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. Since 1990, the oil and gas industry has reduced methane missions by 23% while simultaneously increasing production by 71%. As of 2019, petroleum and natural gas make up nearly 70% of the energy we use annually.

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By contrast, and despite billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies, renewable energy’s share of the consumption market has grown by only 4% in the past 60 years. Saying that America is nowhere near ready to completely shift from fossil fuels to renewables is not a categorical refusal of progress – it is simply the reality of where we are as a nation.

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We recognize the future of America’s energy independence will require an all-of-the-above approach to energy that employs renewables such as 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 fuel their cars, heat their homes, and power their lives. 

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The best path forward for American energy is also the simplest: Invest in critical infrastructure like pipelines and refineries, harden our grid against future cyberattacks, and create a regulatory environment that cultivates innovation without dismantling the energy framework on which our country relies.

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[Biden’s] policies will not create a ‘greener’ America, but one that increasingly depends on foreign, adversarial nations for our energy needs.

 

Full text of the Op-Ed is available here.

 

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Keller recently joined the Congressional Western Caucus, a group of members of Congress from all regions of the nation dedicated to American energy independence and dominance. Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District produces up to ten percent of America’s dry natural gas on any given day.

After President Biden lifted sanctions on the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline last month, Congressman Keller introduced the POWERS Act, legislation that would reimpose the bipartisan sanctions previously enacted by Congress to halt completion of the project.

 

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