Committee Republicans Highlight Vital Role Natural Gas Plays in America's Economy and Energy Security

Jun 15, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House Select Climate Committee held a hearing titled, “State Perspectives on Cutting Methane Pollution.” Committee Republicans highlighted the vital role natural gas plays in America's economy and energy security which strengthens our national security. In addition, Republicans exposed the reckless Biden administration policies that have led to an incredible 251 percent increase in natural gas prices since President Biden took office.   

House Select Climate Committee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) highlighted that global demand for natural gas is on the rise.

He said, “We can sit here and continue and try and deploy these strategies that think that everything is going to be powered by renewable energy technologies overnight, or we can be rational and actually base our energy strategy on the predictions of the Biden administration that show that natural gas demand for developing countries is going to increase 44-80 percent over the next 30 years. We can be rational and recognize that natural gas demand in developed countries is going to increase somewhere between 31-58 percent over the next 30 years, while we continue to work toward deploying renewable energy resources.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) noted that no company benefits from natural gas leaks, especially as the value has increased with prices quadrupling.

He said, “I’ve got to ask why are we discussing regulations and requirements that would reduce natural gas production when electricity prices have recently doubled? ... In the end, we’re talking about leaks during natural gas processing and transport which by all estimates only really account for a very tiny fraction of emissions. … Companies already have an incentive to prevent these leaks. They don’t need the heavy-hand of government to force new regulation on their product which will do nothing but raise an already expensive price.”

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) asked Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon about how federal regulations can negatively impact natural gas production.

Palmer said, "The Biden administration's EPA seems intent, though, on just adding regulation after regulation on energy production. Can you talk a little bit more about how the federal regulations may negatively impact your state’s natural gas production?"

Gordon replied, "We would regard the federal regulatory scheme that’s coming on, and we did provide comments on this, as being overly burdensome. Providing without much knowledge of the costs associated with the additional regulatory framework, more guidance, particularly on smaller producers. We believe, and commented on this to the EPA, that that would actually put a number of our smaller producers at risk and the people that work for them. I would say that what we have so far is an opportunity, and I think we both testified to this, Governor Lujan Grisham and myself, to the fact that the states really do provide an opportunity for innovation on a regulatory framework, and we do that with the knowledge and buy-in of our producers and our stakeholders. That is the proper approach and I think a federal, one-size-fits-all rule doesn’t necessarily fit well with unique circumstances.” 

Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV) stressed the need for an all-of-the-above energy strategy to provide Americans with affordable and reliable energy.

"West Virginia is blessed with vast amounts of coal, oil, and natural gas. And our history is rich in stories of our proud people providing the country and the world with the energy we need to keep the lights on, keep our homes, heated, and to power our economy. As the world continues to advance and the demand of energy increases, energy producing states have risen to the challenge to meet this need for growth. As the last year has proven, an all-of-the-above energy strategy is necessary to keep prices affordable and the power grid reliable."

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) pointed out that U.S. methane emissions have decreased in recent years.

He said, “According to the EPA, methane emissions associated with natural gas and oil production declined by 23 percent since 1990. This is a point that I don’t think the oil and gas industry in the United States get credit for is that really we have cleaned up the oil and gas here in our country. It’s much better and much cleaner than it was in years past. I really think we deserve to have credit for that. I would argue also that methane emissions are already effectively regulated by the EPA and by states under the framework for controlling emissions of volatile organic compounds."

In addition, Governor Gordon from Wyoming testified that his state’s Oil & Gas Conservation Commission has stringent guidelines to prevent unnecessary releases of emissions, and touted their impressive 17 percent flare rate (in 2021) for all natural gas production in the state.