Biden’s energy policies won’t help boost supply as natural gas prices break records

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America will be this weekend Observe Memorial Day. People across the country will visit the cemetery and pay tribute to those who gave their last full dedication to our freedom.

For most of our history, Memorial Day has also been a time to gather with friends and family. This year, however, many Americans will be forced to stay home alone because it will be the most expensive Memorial Day ever.

Natural gas prices hit record highs. Gasoline prices have risen for 15 of the 16 months since Biden took office. endless. In total, gasoline prices have risen more than $2 a gallon since Inauguration Day.

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Why are gasoline prices rising? With the end of the lockdown, demand has risen, but supply has kept falling. U.S. oil production is 1 million barrels per day lower than before the pandemic. We are producing energy as if we were still in lockdown.

Democrats rule Washington for 16 months, but they did nothing to increase U.S. energy supplies. In fact, they have done everything they can to reduce it.

On Biden’s first day in office, he canceled the Keystone pipeline, which would lower energy prices in the country. A few days later, he stopped making oil and gas lease sales on federal lands.

FILE - Workers remove a large clip from a section of pipeline during pipeline construction at the Gulf Coast Project in Prague, Oklahoma, U.S., Monday, March 11, 2013.

FILE – Workers remove a large clip from a section of pipeline during pipeline construction at the Gulf Coast Project in Prague, Oklahoma, U.S., Monday, March 11, 2013.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Democrats’ energy policy seems to be: anything but American energy. Biden is imploring countries like Venezuela, Iran and Saudi Arabia to sell us more oil, even as he limits our own energy production. At one point, Democrats even turned to Vladimir Putin over American energy workers.

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Now Biden is draining America’s emergency supplies by releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Biden has released more oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve than any president in American history.

What all these stunts accomplish, however, is to make us more vulnerable in real emergencies. Last week, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve fell to its lowest level since 1987. Meanwhile, natural gas prices continue to break records.

Now Biden is draining America’s emergency supplies by releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Last week, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve fell to its lowest level since 1987. Meanwhile, natural gas prices continue to break records.

Working families are being pushed to the brink of collapse. Compared to the day Biden took office, the average American family can afford it today.

Two-thirds of households live on paychecks. Household debt is near an all-time high. Credit card debt is near an all-time high, and interest rates are rising. Mortgage applications have plummeted as more people give up their dreams of owning their own home.

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although The worst economy in a generation, and even today, Biden continues his efforts to stifle U.S. energy production. Earlier this month, he canceled three major offshore oil and gas lease sales in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. He also has 4,300 drilling permit applications on his desk awaiting approval.

Democrats seem completely unaware of the pain high oil prices are causing families across the country. Last week I asked the Home Secretary if she thought petrol prices were too high. She talked for almost a minute, but never answered yes or no.

FILE - In this July 14, 2021 file photo, Home Affairs Minister Deb Haaland meets young people from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

FILE – In this July 14, 2021 file photo, Home Affairs Minister Deb Haaland meets young people from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
(AP Photo/Matt Locke, File)

President Biden says we’re in an “incredible transition” away from oil and gas. Transport Minister Pete Buttigieg said to buy only one electric car (average price: over $50,000). Democrats are out of touch with the reality of America.

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Democrats have no plans to increase energy supplies, and now they threaten to make the problem worse. Democrats in the Senate are considering raising taxes on U.S. energy. Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats just voted to implement a nationwide socialist price mandate. Both of these ideas drive up prices.

The way to lower energy prices is simple. Instead of canceling lease sales, Joe Biden needs to open up our available federal lands to American energy production.

Last week I introduced two pieces of legislation to do just that. The first, called the Immediate Lease Act, requires the Interior Department to resume regular federal onshore and offshore oil and gas lease sales.

The second, called the ONSHORE Act, would give states responsibility for federal oil and gas licensing within their borders. States know what works best for the land within their borders. They certainly know better than the Washington bureaucracy.

Instead of playing the blame game and making excuses, Joe Biden should also approve the 4,300 drilling permits he’s been holding on to. These licenses mean jobs and more American energy.

Instead of canceling the pipeline, Joe Biden should speed up the pipeline permitting process. Pipes are the safest and fastest way to get energy where we need it.

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Finally, Biden needs to stop appointing climate extremists into his administration. These extremists are doing everything they can to prevent private capital from investing in energy projects.

Hold lease sales, approve drilling permits, approve energy infrastructure, and stop blocking private energy investment. This is the plan to unleash American energy.

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