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ICYMI: “GOP ratchet up energy price attacks on Granholm”


Did you see this about Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm’s testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee?

“Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm fought off relentless Republican attacks on high energy prices during a House Energy and Commerce hearing this morning on President Joe Biden’s budget request.” (E&E News, April 28, 2022)

Her testimony came just hours after Democrat leadership, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, blatantly tried to shift blame away from their rush-to-green agenda by falsely claiming “price gouging” is why prices are surging.

What did Secretary Granholm — again, just hours after the Speaker’s press conference — have to say about this blame shift?

“I’m not sure anyone is saying there is wholesale gouging,” Secretary Granholm said.

WATCH THIS from Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND):

Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) also said surging energy prices are not price gouging. Surging energy prices are because of President Biden’s war on American energy. To lower prices, we need to flip the switch for more American energy production.

Don’t miss these other top highlights from Energy and Commerce Republicans on why the Biden administration and Democrats must abandon their rush-to-green agenda, stop shifting blame, and begin utilizing America’s vast energy abundance to lower prices and strengthen our national security.

Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) asked Secretary Granholm what the economic impact would be of shutting down the vital Line 5 pipeline in Michigan. Secretary Granholm laughed and refused to answer how devastating it would be to shut down this crucial corridor.

“I’m not going to respond to that one,” Secretary Granholm said.

Check out these energy-focused op-eds from E&C Republicans:

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC): It is no secret Joe Biden declared a war on American energy on his first day in the Oval Office. From greenlighting Vladimir Putin‘s Nordstream II Pipeline and canceling the Keystone XL pipeline to embracing Green New Deal programs and pandering to the radical environmentalist left, his administration’s America-last policies transformed a formally energy independent, energy-exporting nation into a country in crisis.

Joe Biden‘s policies are costing American families an estimated $2,000 more per year in higher gas prices, and U.S. oil production has declined by more than 1.5 million barrels per day from peak production in 2020. This should come as no surprise since then-candidate Joe Biden promised to put an end to oil and gas production in the United States during his 2020 campaign. We now face the consequences of failed energy policy through skyrocketing prices at the gas pump and American energy jobs shipped overseas.

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA): Energy security is national security. When Russia invaded Ukraine, it sent shockwaves through the world’s oil supply. Unfortunately, the United States, which was buying 700,000 barrels of Russian oil per day courtesy of the Biden administration, saw its already struggling oil and gas sector sink even lower levels of production.

This was avoidable. If Biden had not increased our dependence on Russian oil and gas, our energy sector could have been spared. Even before serious talks of a Russian invasion mounted, President Biden displayed his weakness on the world stage by green lighting Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. This early kowtow to Putin set the stage for his final, perhaps biggest misstep of all taking oil and gas sanctions off the table as tensions between Ukraine and Russia began to rise.

In the News:

The Detroit News: U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm declined to answer several questions directed her way Thursday on the future of the Line 5 pipeline segment through the Straits of Mackinac while testifying before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.”

The Daily Caller: In a “hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Granholm said she ‘absolutely’ stood by her recent comments that the U.S. needs to ramp up oil and gas drilling in the near-term. “We want to make sure … that we increase our oil and gas production at this moment,” Granholm added.

Breitbart: “Former governor of Michigan now serving as Joe Biden’s Secretary at the Department of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, would not answer a question about what economic impact the Line 5 pipeline has on the state at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing on Thursday.”

The Epoch Times: “Granholm Grilled on Budget, ‘Anti-Fossil Fuels’ Stance”

Energy (117th Congress)