HEAT leaders react to Biden canceling Alaskan drilling rights

WASHINGTON RSC House Energy Action Team (HEAT) Chairman Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX) and RSC Chairman Kevin Hern (R-OK) released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s proposed restrictions on oil and gas development in Alaska’s North Slope, including lease cancellations in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

“The same President who begged Saudi Arabia for more oil and berated American oil & gas producers for not ‘increasing production’ just banned American energy producers from utilizing nearly 40% of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

“Just a few days ago, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that President Biden will ‘do everything within his toolkit’ to lower gas prices. Unfortunately, this is another example of the Biden administration giving lip service to American families being crushed by high energy prices, while simultaneously implementing policies that will continue to raise costs and hand-deliver the global energy market to OPEC+.

“Energy security is national security. The President must reverse this disastrous decision and finally recognize the national security importance of affordable, reliable, American-made energy.”