‘Dangers of Biden’s energy policy’ shredded in internal House GOP election memo

FIRST ON FOX: An internal House GOP memo obtained by Fox News Digital shows that President Biden’s energy policy will be a major issue for Republicans hoping to maintain their majority in November.

The 175-member Republican study committee, led by Rep. Kevin Hern, Republican of Oklahoma, sent a list of talking points to its members that encourage them to highlight the impacts of the administration’s actions Biden on electric vehicles (EV), power plants. , and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, among others.

“Biden’s policies threaten to destabilize America’s power grid, embolden our adversaries, and further exacerbate the pain Americans feel when filling their tanks and paying their energy bills,” the memo said.

“[I]“It is important that conservatives not lose sight of the dangers of Biden’s energy policy and champion an agenda that fully utilizes our nation’s great abundance of clean, reliable and abundant energy resources,” he also said .

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President Biden’s energy policies are the focus of a new election-focused GOP memo to House Republicans. (Getty Images)

On electric vehicles, the GOP memo hit Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a new emissions rule intended to push automakers to sell more electric cars, which should lead to more half of new cars sold in the United States will be electric by 2032.

“The rule deprives consumers of choice and forces them to purchase less reliable and more expensive vehicles,” Republicans and Republican candidates are expected to note.

He also argued that “forcing electric vehicles on American consumers and manufacturers will embolden China and devastate the American auto industry” and accused Biden of trying to “circumvent federal policies” in favor of his “favorite industries.” .

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Biden’s pause on LNG exports was also a powerful political stick for Republicans, and the memo encouraged lawmakers to highlight reports that he took it after pressure from TikTok influencers and climate change lobbyists .

“Despite several prior Department of Energy studies demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of U.S. LNG exports, President Biden cites the “climate crisis” and his desire to “heed the calls of young people” as a basis for abandoning leadership American in the field. global LNG market,” the note said.

A Tesla charging station

It includes Biden’s provisions on electric cars as well as LNG exports and permitting policies. (Collection Smith/Gado/Getty Images)

He also argued that Biden’s pause on LNG exports strengthens the Russian energy market, which he is using to finance his invasion of Ukraine.

Recent EPA rules aimed at reducing pollution from power plants were adopted “with complete disregard for the law and the reliability of the grid,” the memo said.

He encouraged lawmakers to specifically hit Biden for wanting to close fossil fuel plants through the Clean Power Plan 2.0 rule, mercury air toxics standards, effluent limit guidelines and combustion residue coal.

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“More seriously, the EPA is seeking to force existing coal plants and new natural gas plants to adopt carbon capture and storage technologies in less than a decade, or risk taking their retirement. While a promising innovation that could thrive in a free market, carbon capture technology is far from commercially available, and mandating its adoption goes directly against Clean Air Act,” he said.

This comes as Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have also intensified their focus on energy regulation and costs to American families, recently devoting an entire week to energy-related legislation.

Gas prices, for example, are expected to rise this summer.

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Additionally, a report from the National Energy Assistance Director Association projects that home energy costs will rise 7.9% nationwide as families try to stay cool this summer.

While it is not uncommon to see energy and gas prices rise during the warmer months, it is also a burden that voters may feel acutely as the presidential election approaches. of November.

For now, however, Americans are experiencing some relief: The national average Thursday was about $3.49, lower than the average of $3.55 this time last year.

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