House Republicans have better solutions to fight climate change and will restore US energy dominance
by GARRET GRAVES
Between 40 years of high inflation, record gasoline prices, soaring electricity costs and an economic recession, American families are struggling to make ends meet. But instead of developing a plan to increase American energy production and solve this crisis, President Biden and congressional Democrats have a different idea: to impose higher taxes on the American people and keep more American energy locked up in the ground with their misnamed Inflation Reduction Act.
Instead of reducing inflation, this law will increase the financial burden on almost all Americans. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office, the Inflation Reduction Act will raise taxes on millions of middle-class Americans despite Biden’s campaign promise that “no one earning less than $400,000 will pay a single penny more in taxes.” Add to that the Biden administration’s deeply flawed energy policies that have reduced our energy security and caused sky-high energy prices, while increasing emissions in the process.
Americans cannot continue to bear the burden of the Democrats’ failed climate and energy policies.
You read correctly. Despite all the green rhetoric, the environment has deteriorated under the Biden administration. While the United States has reduced emissions by 10.2% over President Trump’s four years (an average of 2.5% each year), US emissions have increased by 6.2% over the last four years. Biden’s first year in office..
Americans cannot continue to bear the burden of the Democrats’ failed climate and energy policies. That’s why, as part of Leader McCarthy’s Pledge to America, he established the Energy, Climate and Conservation (ECC) Task Force to identify and develop policy solutions that reduce emissions and costs based on US energy resources – not foreign adversaries.
Over the past several months, the ECC Task Force has rolled out a policy framework in six key areas focused on unlocking American resources, harnessing American innovation, cutting red tape to enable America to build our clean energy future and to export our resources, to restore American leadership so we can beat countries like China and Russia, by embracing focused conservation efforts and making our communities more resilient.
House Republicans are focused on solutions that make America’s energy cleaner, more affordable and more accessible.
For example, while natural gas production increased by more than 90% between 2005 and 2020, the United States reduced emissions more than the next seven countries combined to reduce emissions over the same period. In fact, without restrictive government mandates, the United States has exceeded the targets the Democrats have tried to set in their flawed cap and trade bills. The results are clear: Free-market innovation and conservative principles, not top-down, authoritarian government regulations, have led to emissions reductions and dramatically reduced energy costs for American households.
Unlike the botched policies we saw under the Biden administration, our program will not kill American jobs or make American energy more expensive by increasing taxes and regulations. Instead, House Republicans are focused on solutions that make America’s energy cleaner, more affordable, and more accessible so we can reduce emissions around the world while creating American jobs and lowering costs. for the American people.
With proper leadership and a cohesive energy strategy — something we lack in the Biden administration — we can restore U.S. energy dominance, reduce global emissions, and help lower energy prices. If the Republicans regain a majority in the House in the fall, we will be ready to implement this strategy.
Garret Graves represents Louisiana’s 6th District in the United States House of Representatives. He is the Republican leader of the Climate Select Committee and is chair of the Energy, Climate and Conservation Task Force.