Democrats continue to ignore how President Biden’s war on American energy policies have made our gas prices skyrocket and made us less secure. Last week, House Democrats held a hearing with energy executives in a clear attempt to shift the blame of rising energy prices onto energy companies and Russia. E&C Republicans want you to know the truth: this is the Biden Price Hike. The fact is gas prices have increased every single month under this Administration.
🚨 We’ve been on the record since DAY ONE warning of the consequences of President Biden’s war on American energy.
Democrats are trying to shift blame but the evidence is clear: Americans are feeling the #BidenPriceHike.
Roll the tape: pic.twitter.com/vQZox6DJ5c
— Energy & Commerce GOP (@HouseCommerce) April 6, 2022
Republicans made it clear that President Biden’s radical policies are the reason Americans are paying more.
In her opening statement, House Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) urged the Administration and Democrats to work with Republicans to unleash American energy and ease the burden of sky-high prices:
“I want to be very clear with the American people: this hearing is a deliberate distraction.
“We are not convened to address the pain you’ve been feeling at the pump for more than a year.
“If that were the case, Energy Secretary Granholm would be here to discuss how we can work together to flip the switch on American energy to drive down high gas prices.
“Today is purely political. President Biden needs cover for his war on American energy that has caused gas prices to skyrocket.”
Energy and Commerce Republican Leader for Oversight and Investigations, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), echoed the concerns of millions of Americans regarding President Biden’s harmful rush-to-green agenda that is driving up costs across the board:
“Since President Biden took office, the prices of crude oil and many other energy commodities have risen to the highest levels in more than a decade.
“As a direct result of President Biden’s anti-American energy agenda, prices have rapidly risen for more than a year.
“On day one, the Administration made clear that it would do all that it could to shut down America’s energy production by canceling the Keystone XL pipeline.
“Later the President imposed a moratorium on fossil energy development on federal lands, and increased pressure from financial regulators to halt fossil fuel investments.”
More from E&C Republicans on rising prices and the Democrats’ blame game:
WATCH @SteveScalise on Democrats’ destruction of American energy independence:
“It’s Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and her counterparts who have limited supply by shutting down oil production…they put every road block from every federal agency in the way so they can’t produce…” pic.twitter.com/LckPKHE3pP
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) April 6, 2022
“Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and [the Democrats] have limited the supply by shutting down oil production, not allowing any new leases and frankly, [regarding] the leases they keep talking about that oil companies have, they put every roadblock from every federal agency in the way so that they can’t produce on those leases.
“Joe Biden, when he was a candidate for president of the United States, said he’s going to shut down production, make it harder for companies to drill in America. Just a few months ago, these same Democrats here in Congress were berating those oil executives, telling them to stop producing oil in America.
“Because of these regulations, [oil companies] can’t produce as much oil in America and it’s made us more reliant on thugs like Putin and other dictators who are limiting supply so they can raise the price. Let’s open up American energy [and] get all these federal agency roadblocks out of the way so we can produce oil in America and lower the cost at the pump.” – House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Ahead of today’s @HouseCommerce Committee Hearing, I joined @93wibc to discuss how President Biden’s energy policies are driving up the price of gas and hurting Hoosiers’ pocketbooks. https://t.co/1KAx3qiDBO
— Larry Bucshon, MD (@RepLarryBucshon) April 6, 2022
“Prior to the pandemic and this administration, we essentially had the ability to be energy independent. That creates a lot of leverage, when the United States has the ability to not rely on foreign sources of energy.
“The President has started to ask countries like Iran, Venezuela, and OPEC ‘maybe you should increase your production to get gas prices down in the United States’… he’s releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve which is not for this use–it’s to help him politically get gas prices down because his polling numbers are down.” – Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
America produces some of the best and cleanest energy in the entire world. We need to get the federal government out of the way and let states like North Dakota provide reliable power for the country. pic.twitter.com/hOZrQ4ywKy
— Congressman Kelly Armstrong (@RepArmstrongND) April 7, 2022
“I think [Democrats are] gaslighting the American people.
“You have an entire group of Democrats on this Committee who for years have told oil companies to quit investing in fossil fuels [and] done everything they can to delay and defeat the permitting and the infrastructure needed to deliver these products to market.
“The very same Democrats who introduced a bill and voted to ban hydraulic fracturing are now demanding that those companies continue to produce from the very things they tried to ban.” – Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND)
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) April 7, 2022
“Before Biden was in office, our gasoline prices at the pump were lower… now they just keep going up… it doesn’t matter if it [was] pre-Ukrainian war [or] post-Ukrainian war, they are going up and I believe it’s [Biden’s] all-out war on oil and gas.” – Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ)
The rush to transition to green energy in Europe resulted in the continent becoming more reliant on Russia for oil and gas.
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) April 7, 2022
“[Democrats] want these high gas prices. This is punishment, not only for the oil and gas companies, but for the American people who want to use fossil fuels to heat their homes, to run their businesses, to put fuel in their cars. This is absolutely absurd.
“Why has Russia felt emboldened to march into Ukraine with an unprovoked attack? It’s because most of Europe is dependent upon Russia for their energy resources. And my Democratic colleagues are absolutely tone deaf to this rush to green movement that took over in Europe and now they’re trying to do the same thing here in the United States.” – Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH)
Democrats’ hearing with oil & gas executives on price gouging was really about distracting Americans from the reality that the Biden Administration’s decisions have caused gas prices to surge. We need to reverse those decisions & unleash American energy. https://t.co/1BZuY410YP pic.twitter.com/7Cnlz2rMiQ
— Rep. Brett Guthrie (@RepGuthrie) April 8, 2022
“The price is up because of what happened in Ukraine even more, but it was going up before because of the decisions that the Biden administration had made. Once you take production offline in America, you’re more vulnerable to dictators.” — Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
Highlights from the Hearing Room:
Biden’s war on fossil fuels is a war on your hard-earned paychecks📺⬇️ pic.twitter.com/xWDj5yvAkl
— Buddy Carter (@RepBuddyCarter) April 6, 2022
I spoke with oil executives in an @HouseCommerce hearing today, highlighting how the Biden Admin and Democrats in Congress have undermined domestic energy production, to the detriment of our national security and the world. Watch here: https://t.co/dvumsT1jBd
— Gary Palmer (@USRepGaryPalmer) April 6, 2022
I continue to hear from families across Michigan who are struggling with sky-high gas prices. Yet as we saw at today’s @HouseCommerce hearing, Democrats would rather try to shift blame than reverse course on their anti-energy agenda. pic.twitter.com/xyFdOfm5xG
— Rep. Tim Walberg (@RepWalberg) April 6, 2022
We’ve seen House Democrats & @POTUS point their fingers in every direction except their own to place blame for the rise in energy prices.
The Admin’s anti-American energy policies are the reason for the #BidenPriceHike that is impacting families at the pump. pic.twitter.com/FGQ4bSZkC4
— U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (@boblatta) April 6, 2022
– Admit @joebiden campaigned on destroying American energy and kept his promise!
-Admit oil prices are set globally, not by oil industries in the U.S. pic.twitter.com/nFqAiCBRQo
— U.S. Rep. Billy Long (@USRepLong) April 6, 2022
American energy independence brings global stabilization. There is no reason for the Biden Administration to turn to our adversaries for oil when we can ramp up production here at home. Our national security is at stake. pic.twitter.com/mtQGqJZP7Q
— Markwayne Mullin (@RepMullin) April 6, 2022
Biden’s policies have hurt domestic energy production and thwarted our European allies’ attempts to end their dependence on Russian oil. Its time to provide relief at the pump for Americans and our allies by reversing these damaging policies. https://t.co/MGBQHBc3vr
— Gus Bilirakis (@RepGusBilirakis) April 6, 2022
It’s time to unleash American energy and lower the cost of gas for Pennsylvania families. Today in a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, I joined my colleagues to condemn Presiden Biden’s anti-energy policies and offer a roadmap to bring back American energy dominance. pic.twitter.com/8tEMm3qdFf
— John Joyce, M.D. (@RepJohnJoyce) April 6, 2022
Don’t let the Dems gaslight you into believing this is Putin’s price hike — these record-high gas prices are the result of Joe Biden’s war on American energy. House Republicans are united in fighting to unleash American energy to help with gas prices at home and security abroad. pic.twitter.com/nec3LY059x
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) April 7, 2022
Hoosiers — and the American people are feeling the pain brought on solely by a President desperate to appease radical leftists.
— Rep. Greg Pence (@RepGregPence) April 7, 2022
#ICYMI @HouseCommerce Dems held a hearing yesterday to accuse oil companies for the #BidenPriceHike. Americans are not fooled by the smoke and mirrors and know that high gas prices are due to the policies put forward by this Administration. pic.twitter.com/8jhola3Kf6
— Michael Burgess, MD (@michaelcburgess) April 7, 2022
Record high gas prices are due to the Biden Administration’s increased regulations on fossil fuels & anti-American energy agenda
— David B. McKinley (@RepMcKinley) April 6, 2022
No one was fooled by Democrats’ attempt to shift the blame for higher prices.
The New York Times: “With his approval ratings falling to a new low as inflation has stayed high for months, President Biden has struggled to explain the rise in gas prices to the American people. In an attempt to capitalize on broad support for crippling sanctions on Russia, the administration has tried to characterize the recent uptick in gas prices as ‘Putin’s price hike.’
But Republicans have tried to hang the increase around the president’s neck, noting that the price of gas has been on the rise for a year, long before Mr. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.”
The New York Post: “Congressional Democrats were at it again on Wednesday, grilling oil-industry leaders in a lame attempt to cover up the ugly reality of our economy.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight panel is sticking to the Biden script. Sky-high gas prices are due to corporate greed, with an assist from Vladimir Putin. Inflation, and the Biden White House’s war on carbon fuels, have nothing to do with it!”
The Wall Street Journal: “The committee’s Republicans sought to place blame for high prices on President Biden’s energy policy, including his decision to impose a temporary pause on new oil and gas leases on federal land and his revocation of a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline to carry more oil from Canada.”
The Hill: “The witnesses largely defended their business practices, denying under oath that they had artificially increased prices to profit from the Ukraine conflict when questioned by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), the ranking member of the oversight and investigations subcommittee.
Pioneer CEO Scott Sheffield said the company’s production was constrained because ‘we can’t get people back’ to work on oil extraction in the Permian Basin.
Griffith repeatedly pressed the witnesses on whether the Biden administration’s budget request mentioning an end to fossil fuel subsidies discouraged production. The witnesses were largely noncommittal except for [Exxon] CEO Darren Woods, who said it could have had a ‘chilling effect.’”
Fox News: “’So, apparently everybody wants to get in the weeds and hide behind words,’” Griffith said. ‘The president says he wants to make sure that we do not lower the cost of production. Is that going to make you produce more or less? Mr. Woods, more or less?’
‘I think the government has a role in encouraging investment and creating a positive investment climate,’ Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Darren Woods responded.
‘And when we create a negative climate you produce less, isn’t that true. Yes or no?’ Griffith shot back.
‘There tends to be a chilling effect with negative words,’ Woods said.”
MarketWatch: “Republicans, who are hoping to take back control of the House and Senate in November’s midterm elections, continued to focus during the hearing on blaming the recent elevated prices for gas and other necessities on Democratic policies that aren’t friendly to fossil fuels — as well as on Democratic spending measures, such as last year’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.”
PBS: “’This is the Biden price hike,’ countered Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, the committee’s top Republican.
“Noting that prices were increasing before Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, McMorris Rodgers said Americans ‘are too smart and have not fallen for this’ claim by Biden and other Democrats. She called the hearing ‘purely political.’”
Reuters: “Republicans, including U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith, blamed for high pump prices on Biden’s policies, including a decision to revoke a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline to that would have imported crude from Canada once completed, which could have taken several years.
“’It is impossible to generate confidence or invest in production today when future production is clearly being blocked by this administration,’ Griffith said.”
Forbes: “What this hearing will not do is anything at all to improve the lot of the average American consumer. But then again, that isn’t the point, and everyone involved knows it.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 7, 2022