This week, The Dickinson Press reported on GOP Rep. Kelly Armstrong’s comments at a recent press conference in Washington. Armstrong was joined by Republican Whip Steve Scalise and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik to talk about the Biden administration’s energy crisis.
Armstrong spoke on the Biden administration’s roll backs of the Trump administration’s policies and the installment of domestically-targeted regulations that have taken down homegrown energy resources.
“Make no mistake… this is self-induced,” Armstrong said. “This is created by the Biden administration and you can start from where we started. First day in office, they canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline with our closest trading partner, our neighbor to the north — Canada. Then we move across the Atlantic Ocean and help Vladimir Putin and greenlight Nord Stream. We pass regulations that make it absolutely hostile to develop minerals on federal lands. Then the Biden administration begs OPEC to open the pumps back up. It’s no secret why this is happening and this is before we pass one single thing in this $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.”
All of these factors added together make for a scary winter for most Americans trying to pay their bills:
“North Dakota is an energy powerhouse. We have got notice from two of our utilities that people are going to pay upwards of $150 to $200 more for their energy costs this winter,” Armstrong said. “When you say you are not taxing anybody who makes under $400,000 per year, people who are paying $200 more to heat their home in North Dakota in the winter will disagree with you.”
As Armstrong articulated well, we need more focus on supporting American-made, homegrown energy infrastructure and resources to sustain ourselves through crises such as the one we’re in. The Biden administration has continued to stifle domestic energy players while encouraging our adversaries abroad. Pipelines like the Dakota Access are not only critical to our national economy, but also to the financial wellbeing of everyday Americans.