ICYMI: Energy, Climate, and Conservation Task Force Announces Policy Framework and 'Unlock American Resources' Policy Rollout

Jun 7, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, House Select Climate Committee Ranking Member and Member Lead for the Energy, Climate, and Conservation (ECC) Task Force, Garret Graves (R-LA), announced the ECC Task Force's six-point policy framework focused on American resources, American innovation, and American competitiveness to ensure a secure, clean, reliable, exportable, and affordable energy future.

In addition, ECC Task Force Member Lead Graves rolled out the first part of the policy framework, 'Unlock American Resources,' in Hobbs, New Mexico during a Member trip led by ECC Task Force Member Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM). ECC Task Force Member Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-CA).

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On day one of the trip, the Members held a stakeholder roundtable with participants representing Permian energy producers, environmental services providers, the local junior college, and local elected officials. During the roundtable, participants discussed the importance of advancing an agenda that can lower energy costs and emissions through American resources and a domestic workforce. They also noted how President Biden's own Department of Energy has projected a steady increase in energy demand between now and 2050 and how the Permian stands ready to support meeting that demand.

“We’re going to have a 50 percent growth in global energy demand," Graves said. "We need everything. We need absolutely everything – and yes that means oil and gas because the truth is oil and gas has about 30 times the energy density of the next closest renewable, so you can’t really replace it everywhere. It’s going to continue to play a role."

ECC Task Force Member Lead Graves went on to discuss how America must increase energy production and exports to displace higher emitting sources from foreign adversaries and provide the American people and our allies with affordable, reliable, and secure energy.

Graves said, “We do it safer and cleaner than [just] about anywhere else, so if we’re concerned about the environment and we recognize as the Biden administration has in their reports that there’s going to be a growth – not a reduction – actually a growth in natural gas demand [and] an increase in global oil demand … why aren’t we doing it here where we do it safer and do it cleaner?”

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On day two of the trip, the Members toured production assets and heard from regulatory and environmental compliance engineers about oil production volumes, permitting delays by the Bureau of Land Management and a methane monitoring pilot project on the production site.

BACKGROUND:

Over this summer, the ECC Task Force will roll out policies in six key issue areas, including: 

  1. Unlock American Resources (rolled out June 2, 2022)
  2. American Innovation
  3. Let America Build
  4. Beat China and Russia
  5. Conservation with a Purpose; and
  6. Build Resilient Communities

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