Keller joins HEAT members in denouncing President Biden's continued assault on American energy production

January 27, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) joined members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) in releasing the following statements in opposition to President Biden's executive order banning new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters:

 

“The Biden Administration’s assault on America’s energy industry is an assault on good-paying jobs and the economic gains America made over the last four years. We continue to hear from President Biden about a plan for a path forward, yet all we’ve seen is the destruction of one of America’s most important industries and the livelihoods it supports.”

 

Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.):

 

“America has become the world leader in energy production and a major exporter of oil and natural gas, strengthening our national security and boosting our economy for hard-working families. In less than a week, the Biden Administration has placed these jobs and accomplishments at risk by waging an assault on American energy, as well as the good jobs and low energy costs that go with it.
 
“Today’s executive order, combined with last week’s decision to halt energy leasing and permits, will put thousands of Americans out of work, increase energy costs on hard-working families, and make our country less secure. Make no mistake, this is the first step toward a ban on American energy production that will ship millions of high-paying jobs from energy-producing states like Louisiana, to Middle Eastern countries and adversaries like Russia, which emit carbon at dramatically higher rates than us. The American people deserve an all-of-the-above energy strategy that promotes responsible energy exploration and development – not more steps toward the radical Green New Deal.
 
“Threatening the livelihood of millions of hard-working families during a global pandemic is beyond destructive, and instead of caving to his radical base, President Biden should consider the devastating consequences that eliminating American energy will have on hard-working families and our national security.”

 

HEAT Co-Chair, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.):

 

"President Biden is throwing away our American energy dominance that was achieved under the Trump Administration. By implementing a prohibition on oil and gas leasing on federal lands for an entire year, the Biden Administration is signaling they are more interested in killing jobs and endangering our national security than bolstering the monumental energy advancements made during the last four years. President Biden’s “Buy American” plans should also apply to American energy. But instead, his plans put thousands of American jobs at risk, like we’ve already seen with the Keystone XL pipeline, and will force energy production to foreign adversaries with horrific environmental standards. We’ve seen this playbook before under the disastrous Obama Administration, and all it did was skyrocket energy prices for hard-working Americans and made our country less safe.”

HEAT Co-Chair, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.): 

 

“It was no secret President Biden planned to destroy the oil and gas industry if elected president and in the first week of his administration, he’s taken actions to do just that. This only makes us more dependent on foreign oil and increases prices for American families, not to mention eliminates good-paying jobs in the middle of a pandemic. I strongly oppose this decision and I urge the Biden Administration to reconsider.”