US Energy Production Further Threatened By Biden’s Green Policies

The American energy landscape is facing a pivotal moment, with industry leaders voicing concerns over the Biden administration’s aggressive push for green energy mandates. According to experts, this shift risks eroding the U.S.’s position as a global energy superpower and could have lasting impacts on the economy and national security.

Mike Sommers, the CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, recently highlighted these concerns at the organization’s annual State of the American Energy conference. He stressed that the current administration’s policies jeopardize the nation’s access to cheap and abundant fossil fuels. “Washington is on the cusp of spoiling the American energy advantage,” Sommers stated, underscoring the potential risks of the Democrats’ climate change agenda.

These sentiments are echoed by Harold Hamm, chairman and founder of Continental Resources. Last year on Fox Business’ “Kudlow,” Hamm emphasized the importance of maintaining America’s energy independence for global stability. He criticized the Biden administration’s approach: “We have to get it right. Energy independence means world peace.”

The Biden administration’s focus on transitioning to renewable energy and reducing reliance on fossil fuels has led to various legislative proposals and regulatory changes. These include significant climate change spending, a push for electric-only vehicles by 2035, and restrictions on drilling on federal lands. According to industry leaders, such policies could derail the U.S.’s energy resurgence.

Despite the administration’s efforts, Hamm notes that the American public seems resistant to a rapid shift from fossil fuels. Citing a June poll, he revealed that 77% of respondents are not in favor of being forced into electric vehicles. This resistance is seen as a sign that the administration’s green energy ambitions may be out of sync with public sentiment.

Moreover, the potential consequences of these policies are not limited to energy independence. Mr. Sommers raised concerns about the impact on jobs, American security, and manufacturing. With inflation also a critical issue, the focus on renewable energy is seen as contributing to rising costs, affecting the everyday American consumer.

The API’s annual event’s theme, “Keep the lights on,” aptly captures the industry’s caution against the rapid shift to net-zero emission goals. These ambitious goals aim for a 100% clean electricity grid by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. Sommers targeted specific policies, like the limited drilling leases on federal lands under the Biden administration, as particularly detrimental to domestic oil and natural gas production.

The oil industry’s concerns are about maintaining the status quo and ensuring a stable and prosperous future. As Hamm pointed out, Europe’s reliance on American liquid natural gas (LNG) during recent energy crises underscores the strategic importance of U.S. energy production. “What would Europe have done last year had it not been for LNG shipment from America?” he asked, pointing out the global implications of Biden’s disastrous energy policies.