Graves Statement on Latest IPCC Report

Apr 4, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) released the following statement in response to the new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):

“If we have learned anything from events over the last few months, it is that some countries – such as Russia, China, and others – have no respect for other countries, the environment, or human rights. They will sacrifice anything and anyone for their own gains.

The International Panel on Climate Change continues to contemplate international energy and climate policy through an idealistic lens that completely fails to consider this reality. The facts are that even the Biden administration’s Department of Energy acknowledges that global energy demand – including oil and gas – will surge nearly 50 percent over the next 30 years. 

We can continue to pretend otherwise and further empower Vladimir Putin, the Chinese Communist Party, Iran, Venezuela, and other OPEC and OPEC plus nations or we can acknowledge reality and produce America’s energy resources to help meet global energy demand while reducing global emissions. The U.S. has some of the lowest emissions on oil and gas delivered around the world and we are pioneering carbon capture technologies that potentially make conventional fuels indistinguishable from any renewable energy when considering emissions. 

We can continue down a path that has China increasing emissions four tons for every one ton of reduction in the United States. We can continue down this clean energy path of the Biden administration, California, and some European nations that is actually resulting in unaffordable gasoline and electricity; higher emissions; and handing over hundreds of billions of dollars to foreign adversaries who then use the proceeds to attack our military, interests, and allies around the globe. 

It is past time to abandon the strategies of the last year that have failed every test and to put Americans to work producing our own energy solutions that are affordable, exportable, reliable, clean, and secure. I’m sure President Zelenskyy would agree.”