Carl: Biden’s war on American energy

From day one in office, President Biden and his administration have been at war with American energy. Less than a year after his presidency, we are already feeling the negative effects of his policy on the pump, on our heating bill and on the prices of practically all consumer goods. As we recover from the pandemic and Americans get out and travel more, fuel prices keep rising with no end in sight. On average, fuel consumption is more than a dollar per gallon higher than it was a year ago.

While many factors contributed to the sharp rise in fuel prices, President Biden’s war on American energy made the crisis worse. By closing safe, reliable American pipelines and wiping out American energy jobs, President Biden has hampered American energy production and forced us to rely on foreign energy producers and OPEC.

In addition to closing the Keystone XL pipeline, President Biden declared a moratorium on new offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in January. Not only are the offshore wells increasing American energy production, but Alabama also benefits greatly from the revenues from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA). These funds are vital to South Alabama and will be used for projects such as boat ramps, hurricane protection, coastal restoration, bike paths, and wildlife park expansions. This year alone, Alabama is benefiting from $ 41 million in GOMESA funding.

Since January, many of my colleagues and I have been fighting the president’s terrible energy policy. As energy prices continue to rise, it is vital for the President to unleash American energy production, which is clean, safe, and reliable and which prevents us from relying on unstable foreign energy production. Instead of doing this, however, President Biden distracts from the crisis he is responsible for by blaming everyone but himself. He is now calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether oil and gas companies are engaging in “illegal behavior” by keeping gas prices high.

The bottom line is: President Biden’s crusade against American fossil fuels has contributed significantly to a massive rise in prices at the pump. In addition, I fear that with the recent passage of the so-called Build Back Better Act and the unprecedented increase in the amount of money to pay for this borrowed money, we are only just beginning to see the impact of inflation on all markets. Americans are feeling the pressure on the pumps, so it is time President Biden stopped shifting the blame and seriously unleashed American energy production so we could get fuel prices under control.

Jerry Carl represents Alabama’s first congressional district. He lives in Mobile with his wife Tina.

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