US Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) joined colleagues in expressing deep concern over the Biden administration’s flawed policies of using foreign energy sources instead of power generation nationwide to offset the skyrocketing gasoline prices Americans pay at the pump. Recently, the Biden administration asked the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 10 other oil-exporting countries such as Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Venezuela and Russia, known collectively as OPEC + name, to produce more foreign oil to fight against rising gas prices. for US consumers. Graves thinks that US power generation is the answer.
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“… we urge you to change course and adopt a US solution by repealing executive orders and other policies designed by your administration to reduce access to our country’s oil and gas resources, reducing the global competitiveness of businesses. and American workers. “
“Unfortunately, your recent request for OPEC + is in line with a number of anti-US energy policies that your administration and the Democrats in Congress are advocating, including: the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline; propose to ban domestic hydraulic fracturing; declare a moratorium on oil and natural gas leases on federal lands and waters; and change tax laws to harm domestic production. Additionally, your FY2022 budget request for the US Army Corps of Engineers affirms this anti-US energy approach.. One of the three “key objectives” of the USACE budget request is to “not fund works” that “lower the cost of production” or “lower the cost of consumption” of fossil fuels. In other words, a key goal of your administration is to ban the use of US energy resources to reduce energy costs for US consumers. In addition, your administration and the Democrats in Congress are advocating for budget reconciliation legislation that will ensure rising gas prices and already out of control inflation for American families. Indeed, these various actions will lead to dependence on OPEC + countries to meet our energy needs and those of the world.
“Currently, your administration’s reputation for clean, affordable energy is aligned with the debacle in Afghanistan – a strategic failure where situational reality has been sidelined in favor of political opportunity. Unlike Afghanistan, there is an opportunity to fix this mess before it turns into a permanent crisis. If your administration is truly concerned about energy prices for American families and believes that an increase in global oil production is needed to achieve that goal, the best place to start is here at home. The United States has a strong supply of resources, infrastructure and skilled labor, and we must work together to maintain our energy independence and increase our global competitiveness. Under President Trump, America became a net exporter of energy for the first time in a generation, and for the first time in 35 years, the United States did not import any crude oil from Saudi Arabia.
Graves has said since the first week of the Biden administration that their actions will snub American working families and show the administration’s preference to prioritize overseas production over domestic energy sources and the government. American worker. Graves has continued to show that their decisions are arbitrary, and that is what happens when you appoint inexperienced people to key positions in our federal government.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Graves joined with Whip Steve Scalise in asking Secretary Deb Haaland of the US Department of the Interior to help bring offshore power generation online as quickly as possible. At the time, they noted that it would help prevent gasoline price spikes, address fuel shortages, and reduce our dependence on foreign energy.
After Ida landed, Graves called for immediate assistance to alleviate the fuel shortages. The US Secretary of Energy announced on September 2, 2021 that he would use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to alleviate fuel shortages in Louisiana and other areas of the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Ida.