The American people have been asking one simple question that has gone unanswered for over a year: Why does the Biden Administration hate energy freedom in America? I’ve been asking that same question as well, and I guarantee it will continue to be asked in the coming days, weeks, and months. However, we are seeing an answer come in a form that’s rightfully hard to swallow: a nuclear deal with Iran. It’s one of the most asinine decisions that could come at a time like this.
This administration’s ongoing negotiations to review the Iran deal, and reports of related concessions by the U.S. government, signal that this administration is willing to fall to its knees and beg for oil – even if it means appealing to our greatest adversaries. Clearly, President Biden isn’t thinking straight – if at all. The calculus in this decision is not in our favor, and a heedless pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran to quell our dependence on Russian oil is the epitome of incompetence.
Why can’t America pursue energy freedom on our own terms? Where is the commitment to putting American job creation first and reducing our reliance on foreign oil? Those are the pressing questions that must be answered. If you want an indicator of where this administration’s head is, consider the latest news about liquid natural gas exports right here at home. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently revised its approval policy for natural gas pipelines and export terminals to include a nebulous analysis of how emissions could affect the “public interest” – a killing stroke that will cripple our liquid natural gas (LNG) exports. Even as America is poised to be the top exporter of LNG this year, it’s evident that we can’t stop tripping over our own feet.
If you’ve made a trip to your local gas station this week, you’ve seen the harmful effect of this administration’s policies – and even more so felt it tugging at your wallet. The national average for a gallon of regular gas was the highest in U.S. history, with the previous record being set under the Obama Administration. Right now, America is in desperate need of energy freedom, and I’m fighting every day in Washington against the policies that got us here in the first place.
The RETURN Act
The opioid epidemic has ravaged families and communities across our country for many years, and I’m leading a new bipartisan effort in the People’s House to keep them off our streets. Last week, I introduced the Reduce Exposure and the Threat of Unused Residual Narcotics (RETURN) Act alongside Representative Deborah Ross (D-NC), legislation that has one simple goal: to make it easier for both manufacturers and consumers to keep opioids off our streets by creating a commonsense approach to the destruction of unused opioids. Combatting the opioid epidemic requires a collaborative approach, and our legislation is a step in the right direction.
To learn more about the RETURN Act, click here.
An Important Update
In my last newsletter, I talked about how energy freedom must return to our country, and how America should not be relying on Russian autocrats for oil. I’ve signed on as a cosponsor to H.R. 6886, the Powering America through Domestic Energy Act, that was introduced by Representative Bob Latta (R-OH). H.R. 6686 would:
• Prohibit the importation of crude oil and petroleum products from the Russian Federation.
• Prohibit the president from declaring a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing unless authorized by Congress.
• Prohibit the president from withdrawing federal land from oil and gas leasing unless authorized by Congress.
To read more about the Powering America through Domestic Energy Act, click here.
Quote of The Week
“At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful nuclear-energy program […] we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie.”
Have a blessed weekend,