Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after OPEC+ announced it would cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day. This production cut comes after President Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia in July to ask for more oil production overseas.
“President Biden’s policies continue to drive the increases in gas prices that Americans will see after this production cut. His war on American energy has allowed OPEC and Russia to regain control of the global oil market. Instead of flipping the switch for more American energy production and making us energy independent again, his administration has repeatedly chosen to beg authoritarian regimes, release strategic reserves for political expediency, and surrender our energy leadership for a rush-to-green agenda. It’s no longer just a war against American energy, the Biden administration is now waging a battle against American greatness. As a result, America is dangerously dependent on OPEC, Russia, and Chinese supply chains.
“The hardworking people of this country are paying the price. Everything is more expensive here at home and our enemies are emboldened. President Biden must reverse course and take meaningful action to unleash American energy.
“I am warning this administration to not use this as an excuse to ban American exports or further their radical energy transition. Doubling down on failed policies will only further harm our energy security and lead to more record-high prices across our entire economy.”
NOTE: Leader Rodgers, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, and 91 Republican representatives sent a letter to President Biden in July urging him not to reward Russia and OPEC with an oil export ban.