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ICYMI: Rep. Bill Johnson on Biden’s Energy Crisis

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) questioned two witnesses, Ben Lieberman, Senior Fellow, Center for Energy and Environment Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Lucian Pugliaresi, President, Energy Policy Research Foundation during last week’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing:

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta)  questioned two witnesses, Ben Lieberman, Senior Fellow, Center for Energy and Environment Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Lucian Pugliaresi, President, Energy Policy Research Foundation during last week’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing: 

“Right in the middle of this preventable — and in my opinion intentional — energy crisis…five dollar a gallon gasoline in rural Appalachian Ohio for my constituents means having to choose between food, medicine, getting to your job, taking the kids to school, or driving to take an elderly loved one for some hospital care.

“And what does President Biden and his administration have to say? Well, they say just go out and buy an electric car and join us in this, and I quote, ‘incredible transition’ to green energy. I mean our Treasury Secretary actually agrees…she recently said, and I quote, ‘the critical thing is that we become more dependent on the wind and the sun that are not subject to geopolitical influences.’ How ridiculous,” said Rep. Bill Johnson during his opening remarks.

 

Rep. Bill Johnson questioned Mr. Pugliaresi about the Securing America’s Critical Minerals Supply Acta bill that would amend the Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act to secure the supply of critical energy minerals and resources, and require DOE to assess and secure supply chains for critical energy resources. 

In addition to questioning Mr. Pugliaresi, the Congressman questioned Mr. Lieberman about H.R. 7962, a bill that would amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to modify the definition of ‘water heater’ under energy conservation standards, among other things. Under this Democrat-led legislation, the DOE would have the power to control the output and temperature of water in people’s homes. 

Click here to watch Rep. Bill Johnson’s full questioning. 

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In addition to questioning energy experts, Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06) recently joined Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC) Vice President for Government Affairs Troy Lyons on the podcast “A Voice for Rural America.”

In May, Rep. Bill Johnson hosted Chairman Newhouse and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) in Eastern Ohio for an Ohio Energy Tour. During the visit, the members visited an active oil rig and well pad, toured a mine safety training center, and heard firsthand from the region's energy producers. 

The podcast recaps highlights from the Ohio Energy Tour and stresses the importance of unleashing American energy production. 

Click here to learn more about the Congressional Western Caucus.