Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley On Thursday confronted Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm over all-time high energy rates in the U.S. and pointed out failed Biden policies that have led to such circumstances.
During her testimony to the Senate committee, Granholm went on to blame Russia and Putin for the hike in gas prices saying, “you can thank the activity of Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine.”
“With all due respect, Madam Secretary, that’s utter nonsense,” Senator Hawley snapped, pointing out that these prices were rising long before the Ukraine invasion.
“It is not administration policies that have affected supply and demand,” Granholm responded.
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“From January to August, the price of gasoline was up over 30 percent in my state alone. It has been a continuous, continuous upward tick since then,” Hawley said citing facts about the Biden administration’s failed policies.
“And here’s what your president did when he first came to office, he immediately reentered the Paris Climate Accord. He canceled the Keystone Pipeline. He halted leasing programs in ANWR. He issued a 60-day halt on all new oil and gas leases and drilling permits on federal lands and waters. That’s nationwide. That accounts, by the way, for 25 percent of U.S. oil production,” Hawley noted.
“He directed federal agencies to eliminate all supports for fossil fuels. He imposed new regulations on oil and gas and methane emissions. Those were all just in the first few days. Are you telling me that had no effect on our energy supply?” he asked Granholm.
“Ninety-four percent of the oil and gas executives that were surveyed by the Dallas Fed said that administration policies had nothing to do with the increase in the price of oil,” Granholm responded.
“I’m not interested in opinions of these people. I’m interested in the facts. Are you telling me that these policies had no effect?” Hawley pressed.
“Are you telling me, Madam Secretary, are you telling me under oath that these policies had no effect?” he said snapped back.
“I’m telling you that 94 percent of the oil and gas industry — ” she said before Hawley interjected, telling her that he is “not interested in their opinion” but the facts.
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