What They’re Saying: It’s Time to Boost American Oil & Natural Gas Production
As energy prices continue to skyrocket upward in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, elected officials, policy experts, and industry leaders continue to call on the Biden administration to increase American oil and natural gas production to lower prices for consumers and support our European allies.
Top elected officials in Congress have been calling on President Biden to strengthen U.S. energy independence and bolster the European Union with resources that won’t be weaponized like Putin is doing now:
The United States must replace Russian energy with American energy independence & accelerating energy exports to our allies.
American strength deters our adversaries, and our response to Putin’s unprovoked war against Ukraine demands American leadership.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 25, 2022
We must take away his leverage & funding by becoming energy independent again.
Biden must end his war on American energy production so the United States & our allies can have access to affordable, secure energy.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 24, 2022
It’s time for the US to ramp up our energy production & create long-term buyers from the US instead of long-term buyers from Russia. pic.twitter.com/5UWxVorxYf
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) February 25, 2022
There is only one group of people responsible for the tragedies unfolding – Putin and his cronies. Europe must act with strength and resolve to prevent risking a wider conflict, and the U.S. must support our NATO allies and freedom loving people in this moment of extreme peril. pic.twitter.com/LWevHQf7v1
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) February 24, 2022
🚨New Op-Ed: U.S. energy exports critical to lowering costs, deterring Putin
“There are actionable steps the administration could take today that would help rebuild American energy independence and stabilize Europe.”
Read more here:https://t.co/D1JT2vGoJr
— Congressman Fred Keller (@RepFredKeller) February 25, 2022
Democrats’ war on energy and President Biden’s strategy on relations with Russia have increased our oil prices and threatens to leave us energy dependent instead of independent. 1/5
— Randy Weber (@TXRandy14) February 24, 2022
Leading policy experts are supporting increased U.S. LNG exports in wake of the crisis in Ukraine.
Samantha Gross, the director of the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at the Brookings Institute, wrote:
“American natural gas (as liquified natural gas, or LNG) is flowing toward Europe in response to their very high prices — a good business deal for U.S. companies, a counterweight to Russia’s power over European energy supply, and a gesture of good will toward our staunchest allies. Although several members of Congress are calling for limiting U.S. natural gas exports in response to inflation at home, it is a terrible idea, harmful to U.S. foreign policy and useless in lowering prices for American consumers.”
Douglas Hengel, a visiting senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, wrote:
“Diversification of supply should remain a paramount goal. Ten European utilities have long-term contracts with US LNG suppliers, which provide security of supply and better prices in tight market conditions. Brussels should encourage EU utilities and other users of natural gas to sign more long-term supply deals for US LNG, especially with new projects that would increase total global supply and provide alternatives to Russian gas.”
The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote:
“Natural gas prices have soared on the Continent amid winter supply shortages and threats from Russia. U.S. exports offer relief to a worried Europe, blunt the impact of Vladimir Putin’s energy extortion, and expand the market for U.S. shale-gas drillers who are again increasing production after the pandemic crash.”
U.S. industry leaders also touted domestic production and LNG exports as a key step to supporting U.S. jobs and countering Russia.
“The United States has shown its global energy dominance over the past decade,” IPAA COO @jeffeshelman told @DailyCaller. “Unfortunately, this has been threatened by the current Administration’s policies against domestic natural gas and oil production.”https://t.co/dtT0zZ1liK
— IPAA American Energy (@IPAAaccess) February 26, 2022
National security is directly tied to energy security.
The invasion of Ukraine underscores the importance of strong domestic energy production.
We need policies that do not curtail infrastructure or investment in oil and natural gas development. https://t.co/R0TDSQIQOt
— Texas Oil & Gas Association (@TXOGA) February 25, 2022
In a new statement, @T_I_P_R_O advises on the pivotal role that Texas plays in providing energy security to our country and other democracies around the world, and encourages policies that support #TxEnergy and #oilandgas. pic.twitter.com/e6iWvc9ETb
— TIPRO (@T_I_P_R_O) February 26, 2022
Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance, and Dan Naatz, Executive Vice President for Government Relations & Political Affairs for the Independent Petroleum Association of America, wrote in The Hill:
“Rather than begging OPEC and Russia for help, the Biden administration should pursue an energy strategy that unleashes the ingenuity of the American oil and natural gas worker. … Our nation’s producers have a proven record of outstanding results supplying America and the world with abundant energy resources, while at the same time protecting the environment and our nation’s public lands. No need to reinvent the wheel Mr. President. Just let us do our work and the United States and the world will benefit.”
David Callahan, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, told the Pittsburgh Business Times:
“America is the world’s largest producer and exporter of natural gas, with the Appalachian Basin alone representing the third largest producing region in the world, positioning our industry to assist our strategic trading partners and meet our own energy demands.”
Anne Bradbury, CEO of the American Exploration & Production Council, wrote in the Houston Chronicle:
“The fallout from this invasion will cause energy prices to spike in Europe and around the world and presents a moment for President Biden to embrace a long overdue shift in policy. The United States can tilt the balance of power in Europe by increasing liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to the continent, helping to reduce our allies’ decades-long dependence on Russian natural gas – and the economic, political, and military vulnerabilities that accompany it.”