WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) delivered a speech on the House Floor in support of H.R. 22, Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act. Leader Scalise slammed the Biden Administration for putting our national security at risk by selling the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserves to the Chinese Communist Party. Additionally, Leader Scalise called out President Biden for depleting our reserves to mask how his far-left climate policies have raised energy costs for American families.
On President Biden selling our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China:
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and thank the Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, my dear friend Ms. McMorris Rodgers, for yielding and for bringing this legislation, H.R. 22, to the Floor.
“[This is] such an important piece of legislation to start standing up for America’s national security. Because if you think about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, just think of the first word in that name – strategic. It’s there for America’s national security.
“SPR, as it’s referred to, first of all, raiding SPR, which President Biden has done over and over and over again, depleting 40 percent of our national Strategic [Petroleum] Reserve, not to move more oil prices.
“As you can see, Mr. Speaker, multiple times, starting in November of 2021, President Biden has raided SPR because he’s attacked American energy. As he attacked American energy starting on his first day in office, the price of oil and gasoline at the pump subsequently [rose] dramatically, crushing middle class families. So he started feeling the heat.
“Now his answer should have been [to] reverse the failed policies that are dramatically increasing gas prices by crushing American energy. But no, that’s not what President Biden did because the extremists on the Left don’t want that. They won’t allow him to do it.
“So then he turns to SPR, and he said, ‘Well, maybe we can just try to trick the American people by raiding SPR.’ So he did. And when he raided it, what happened? You got a sugar high for about a week, and boom! The price started going back up again because the world markets recognized President Biden [had] taken American energy off the market.
“Mr. Speaker, we are the only country in the world that can produce massive quantities of oil that is a free market country. The rest of the countries that have an abundant supply are cartels, OPEC, Russia, Iran, [and] Venezuela – they want a high price. The only check and balance to high prices of oil is a free market producing America.
“And by the way, if you want to hide behind the Green New Deal and global warming and whatever other name they attached to it, climate change – they change the name every couple of years because the American people figure out that all it is is an attack on American energy. And so the price keeps going up because we’re shutting off the cleanest producing country in the world.
“You want to lower carbon emissions in the world? Produce more oil in America. It’s not just about creating more jobs. It’s not just about our national security, Mr. Speaker. It’s about actually reducing global emissions. Because China – as this bill addresses, President Biden [is] selling our strategic reserves to China – China’s building about a coal plant a week, a new coal plant every week, dramatically increasing carbon emissions while President Biden shuts down American manufacturing and production, shuts down oil.
“By the way, we were reducing emissions during those times when we were producing energy. So again, over and over again, raided SPR, raided SPR, raided SPR. The price kept going up; what went down [was] America’s national security. And that’s what we’re getting to the heart of here.
“Forty percent of our reserves. Now, you’ve got two different ways to get energy. We can actually produce it – as the moniker right above the Speaker’s rostrum says, ‘Let us develop our natural resources.’ We’ve got natural resources, we’ve got the best technology in the world, we can produce it cleaner than anybody else in the world. And so, as long as we’re producing energy, it actually can lower the cost.
“And so, we don’t just produce enough for ourselves because, by the way, if we weren’t allowed to export energy, then you would see a decrease in production, you would see a decrease in exploration. It’s like a farmer. If a farmer can only produce and sell in America, they’re going to plan a lot less because they can’t have access to world markets. You want to have access to world markets.
“But you want to also have a reserve – not in case you have a failed policy, as is what we’re seeing with President Biden – you want a reserve in case there’s a natural disaster. If a hurricane hits the Gulf of Mexico, as we’ve seen, it actually spikes the price. So you have a brief disruption, and you want a reserve to go and fill that need.
“[You want a reserve in case] you have some kind of national security emergency, like they did in the 1970s, by the way, when SPR was created. That’s when we created this reserve for our country – when cartels controlled world oil markets because we didn’t have the technology to access like we do today. We didn’t have fracking technology. We didn’t have the ability to go 5,000 feet in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico to find billion barrel reserves like we do today. And so the cartels controlled everything – lines at the pump. You had to have an even-numbered license plate to get gasoline on a certain day. That was the 1970s. And so, Congress created SPR for national security.
“I understand a little history lesson might help people recognize how we got here. It’s not by accident that we got here. We should want as Congress to be able to work together to fix this problem, to address the fact that prices have gone up not just for gasoline at the pump, [but also] when people are heating their homes in a cold winter. The price shouldn’t be that high.
“And, by the way, we were also, by exporting energy, helping our friends around the world so we don’t have to be dependent on oil from other places or natural gas. So Putin, as was the case in the build-up to Afghanistan, Putin was making about $700 million a day, Mr. Speaker, selling his oil to America and Europe because President Biden shut off American supply. No reason that should have happened. But that’s what got us here.
“What can get us out? First, let me remind you what else got us here because they’re trying to blame everybody else under the sun: It was Putin’s fault, it’s the oil companies’ fault, it’s the weather’s fault. It’s President Biden’s fault.
“Day one, he started mountains of rules and regulations. These aren’t laws passed by Congress, by the way. These are rules and regulations that have come out of the Biden Administration just in the last two years attacking American energy, not foreign countries. President Biden was okay with pipelines from Russia to Europe, but he said no on day one to a pipeline from Canada to America. So all of these actions had a cost. The cost is dramatic prices at the pump for hardworking families, crushing the lowest income families amongst us.
“What agencies, by the way, are represented here? Department of Energy went after American energy; Department of Energy Regulatory Commission; the Securities and Exchange Commission, through woke policies going after American energy; the Department of Agriculture, yes, went after American energy in these rules and [regulations]; the Council on Environmental Quality; the Department of State, that gets to the Keystone pipeline; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Justice; and yes, the Department of Interior – all represented right here in rules and regulations that crushed American energy, making us more dependent on foreign countries and leading to President Biden raiding our Strategic Petroleum Reserve 40 percent, making our country less safe.
“This foolishness has to end. We can solve this problem. Now, Ms. McMorris Rodgers and her committee, they actually have real ideas about how to solve this problem. The good news is, Mr. Speaker, under this majority, we’re going to be bringing bills through committee to the Floor to fix this problem.
“Now, on the other side today, you hear them talking about this magic bill. They’ve got a bill. Boy, if we just killed this bill because they want to keep selling our strategic reserves to China. Nine hundred fifty thousand barrels already that President Biden has sold to China, but they’ve got some magic answer. My question would be, where was that magic answer two years ago, two months ago, two weeks ago, when they were in the majority? They had the House, Senate, and White House, and just I guess, in the last two weeks, they finally figured out the answer because they surely didn’t pass that to the President two weeks ago, two months ago, or two years ago.
“What they did do is they brought mountains and mountains of regulation to crush American energy. And then [President] Biden gets on a plane, [it’s] called Air Force One. We’ve checked it. There are no solar panels on the wings of Air Force One. It actually uses jet fuel. And he [flew] to Saudi Arabia and begged Saudi princes to produce more energy because he shut down America’s energy production. No leases, no pipelines, no permits – he’s done all those things, and it led to higher prices.
“He didn’t have to get on Air Force One and fly thousands of miles back and forth. Who knows what the carbon footprint of that is – I’d love to see the press dig into that because they love talking about carbon footprints for other things. He didn’t have to get on Air Force One at all. He could have picked up the phone and called Port Fourchon in South Louisiana and said, ‘Will you produce more energy in America?’ Cleaner, more efficient, better jobs than anywhere else in the world. He didn’t do that.
“It’s time we get smart policies. It’s time we have some common sense in our energy policy so we stop crushing those middle class families. To sell our oil to China – not just our oil, our reserves – this is our piggy bank in case there’s a disaster. He’s depleted 40 percent of it, and he keeps reducing it to mask his failed policies. Let’s get the policy right and start fighting for those hardworking families who are suffering because of this. Let’s pass this legislation. Let’s keep going to work for those families, and I yield back the balance of my time.”
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Reprinted with Permission from - Steve Scalise Majority Leader by - Lauren Fine
China Joe is proof that the US has the highest priced politicians in the world, along with his well paid associates. If the truth comes out will China offer political asylum to our criminal politicians and bureaucrats. Probably not, which makes these criminals more desperate in holding onto power.
When Biden gives up his Corvette and all democrats convert their home energy sources to wind or solar along with all of the US media and and whenplanes require no petroleum I will then start to take this climate change bull____seriously. I am sitting here in my house warmed by a gas stove. If anyone wants to try to take it they must enter a gated community and find a house with 6 alarm systems ( I like redundancy) , 5 shotguns and a pitbull. I ‘m waiting.
Biden will go down as the most inconsequential president in my lifetime. A man who has accomplished nothing which by the way is better than most presidents who manage to create
Having China as an ally makes sense.
And don’t forget how easy he made it for the CCP to scoop up so much land in the USA.
Here’s the reality that you may not like, but it is none the less the harsh reality:
1) Neither Biden nor anyone in his administration or the Democrat Party cares what either the American people think or the Republicans in the House of Representatives. It’s not like the American people are actually going to pushback against the Democrat agenda at this point.
2) Biden will likely continue to drain the SPR as long as it is politicially advantageous to do so. Politics trumps all (no pun intended) when it comes to Democrats. There is a small, but growing percentage of Americans who are so short-sighted and ignorant that they think there is nothing wrong with depleting a national security resources as long as they save a few pennies at the pump for a while.
3) As long as China wants to buy up our oil reserves, the Biden administration will allow it do so. If it isn’t completely apparent to the vast majority of Americans yet, President Xi is calling the shots when it comes to this issue and many others.
4) Biden will stop draining the SPR when it is completely depleted or the Democrats simply decide to ban all ICE vehicles and announce only EVs will be allowed on the nation’s national roads and highways. Don’t laugh…as this is likely already being discussed within the administration as a “to do” item for the second term of Biden or whomever the Democrats replace him with. Oh and no, it will NOT be Harris because when Biden goes both the Democrats and the MSM will say “It is best for the country to have a fresh start with a new Democrat team to lead our nation forward.” Harris won’t resist, because they have more than enough dirt on her to destroy her politically if necessary.
5) The trial balloon that was floated the other day about possibly banning natural gas stoves was to see how much pushback there might be to essentially regulating fossil fuels out of existence in our society as part of the Green New Deal agenda. They now realize that a large segment of the American people might pushback, so they will have to gin up a media propaganda campaign to “re-educate” the American people to belive there are some health or safety reasons to justify this ludicrous move. So look for this item to pop-up again in the future.
Just for thought on your para 2 comment, I think the percentage is much higher than little and it is escalating at alarming rate. Just too many sheep out there that truly do no understand or care what is happening to the nation. The people are becoming fat, dumb and lazy.
Yeah I have to agree with you that is way more than just a small percentage of Americans that neither have a clue nor care about the consequences of short-term actions. Fat, dumb and lazy sheep that will soon find themselves facing conditions that will shock most of them.
This country survived and thrived because the people used to be go getters and willing to face any challenge in order to win. That culture is just about dead and buried in this country. If it can’t be handed to most people on a silver platter, then they are content to just wait around and complain hoping that something magical happens to make it so. All while things just get worse and worse for them. Well that isn’t how the world works and the American people are on a collision course with finding out what happens when they’ve lost the will to control their own country and lives.
I agree that the “pioneering spirit” that this country used to have is long dead.