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Media Wrap up: Leader Rodgers’ Energy and Environment Priorities


11.22.22

Right out of the gates in 2023, Energy and Commerce Republicans will be leading to reverse the damage of President Biden’s energy crisis with solutions that unleash America’s vast energy abundance and lower carbon emissions. America has led the world in reducing carbon emissions and promoting innovation by utilizing America’s abundant, clean, affordable, and reliable energy, and E&C Republicans have solutions that build on this legacy. 

END BIDEN’S FORCED ENERGY TRANSITION  

Washington Post: Meet the Republicans who could lead key House environmental committees 

“McMorris Rodgers, 53, could become the first woman to lead the House Energy and Commerce Committee…” 

“Oversight plans: In a recent interview with The Climate 202, McMorris Rodgers said she hopes to investigate the climate investments in Democrats’ recently passed climate law, dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act. ‘It’s critical that we are not wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on a political agenda that is forcing a green energy transition that jeopardizes our reliability and increases costs,’ she said.” 

“Legislative plans: ‘We have introduced a package of bills around securing a cleaner energy future,’ McMorris Rodgers said. ‘It includes streamlining permitting to modernize our energy infrastructure, expanding [liquefied natural gas] exports, and unleashing innovation, specifically to promote carbon capture, nuclear, natural gas and hydropower.’” 

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FOX NEWS: GOP will immediately ‘reverse the damage of President Biden’s energy crisis,’ top Republican on Energy and Commerce Committee tells Fox News Digital 

“’Right out of the gates in 2023, E&C Republicans will be leading to reverse the damage of President Biden’s energy crisis with solutions that unleash America’s vast energy abundance and lower carbon emissions,’ Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, told Fox News Digital. 

“Since Biden took office 22 months ago, McMorris Rodgers has been among the leading critics of his policies and has repeatedly called upon his administration to unleash American energy capabilities. She has also led several oversight inquiries in her minority leadership role, actions which will have more teeth when she chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee. 

“For example, the Washington Republican would likely investigate Biden’s so-called war on fossil fuel energy, policies that may have contributed to higher gas prices, and both the nation’s reliance on Chinese supply chains and foreign energy sources. 

“Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans would also pursue bipartisan solutions on nuclear and hydropower energy expansion as well as boosting energy infrastructure cybersecurity.” 

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PRIORITIZE PERMITTING REFORM TO UNLEASH AMERICAN ENERGY 

POLITICO: House Republican lawmakers who dismissed Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to streamline rules this summer as too modest are likely to push their own plan next year 

“House Republicans who dismissed Sen. Joe Manchin‘s proposal to streamline permitting rules this summer as too modest are likely to push their own plan next year if the votes from Tuesday that are still being tallied give them the majority. That would set up a partisan struggle over the effort to ease the regulatory requirements for new energy infrastructure.

“Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is in line to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee if Republicans win the chamber, told POLITICO in an interview ahead of the election that permitting would be a ‘top priority,’ and criticized Manchin’s effort because it ‘doesn’t get us to where we need to be.’ 

“’The number one barrier for energy projects in the U.S. today is permitting,’ she said. The GOP effort is likely to include measures to expedite critical minerals mining and processing projects on federal lands, she said. 

“Republicans have called for a shortening the environmental reviews for projects and curbing states’ power to block pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure, while Democrats have leaned into the need to build new high-voltage power lines to speed the development of wind and solar plants to shrink carbon emissions.” 

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REDUCING ENERGY COSTS & EMISSIONS 

BLOOMBERG: If they prevail in the midterms, Republican lawmakers want to revisit past proposals to stem climate change, in part by ramping up domestic production of fossil fuels  

“Our energy solutions are climate solutions,” said Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Washington State who is poised to lead the House Energy and Commerce Committee next year if the GOP takes control of the chamber.  

“America can and must lead the world in reducing emissions without trading our security to the Chinese Communist Party and sacrificing our energy reliability and affordability to OPEC+.”  

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