AEA to House: A Job Well Done on Passing H.R. 1.

WASHINGTON DC (03/31/2023) – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act.

AEA President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“Today, the House of Representatives took an important step in pushing back against President Biden’s war on domestic energy production. H.R. 1 addresses many of the policy priorities that the American Energy Alliance has championed in recent years. The Lower Energy Costs Act will cut red tape and increase domestic energy production to lower energy costs for American families and reduce our dependence on China for important minerals and mineral processing.

By prioritizing energy reform, House Republicans are keeping their promise to fight the Biden administration’s radical approach to energy policy. The passage of H.R.1 is an important first step in pushing back against this harmful agenda, but there is much more work to be done. I look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers to help secure reliable and affordable energy for all Americans.”

The Bill is an attempt to dispel some of the Biden Administration’s anti-oil and gas policies, pipeline permitting delays, and rejections of critical mineral mines such as revoking the leases for the Twin Metals mine in Minnesota and withdrawing lands from mining, despite resources known to be in place.

H.R. 1 will increase the production and export of American energy and reduce the regulatory burdens that make it harder to build major infrastructure in the United States through comprehensive permitting reform. The bill will also expedite critical mineral mining, streamline manufacturing, and make it easier to transport and export American natural gas by repealing the natural gas tax and speeding permitting for critical projects.

It will also reform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that currently adds years of delays and millions of dollars in costs to energy and infrastructure projects. The Lower Energy Costs Act will provide a streamlined, simplified permitting process for all federally impacted projects, speeding construction for pipelines, transmission, and water infrastructure.

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