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Texas Senator Ted Cruz, on Friday, introduced a comprehensive energy independence bill, which will undoubtedly lead the Democrat Party to pretend to lose its collective “climate change” minds over the mere thought of American energy independence. “Mainstream” Democrats must do their best to keep renowned climatologist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her band of “Green New Energy” loons at bay, you know.
According to a Friday press release from Cruz’s Senate website, the objective of the comprehensive Energy Freedom Act is to “make America energy independent again by accelerating federal permitting for energy projects and pipelines, mandating new onshore and offshore oil and gas lease sales, approving pending LNG export licenses,” as well as “generally speeding up solar, wind, and geothermal development.”
As he introduced the legislation, Cruz rightly blasted Joe Biden and his energy-killing policies, which he began on day one of his occupation of the Oval Office by revoking a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, effectively killing the $8 billion project — along with killing 1,000 current jobs and another 10,000 future jobs that will not be created as a result of the pipeline’s demise. As transcribed by Cruz’s site:
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In the past year with Joe Biden as president, the United States has lost its status as a net petroleum exporter, after achieving that goal in 2019 for the first time since 1949. Why? Because on day one of his administration, President Biden issued illegal and hostile orders aimed at American oil and gas producers, which have increased energy prices and directed profits to other oil-exporting countries.
These policies have poured billions of dollars into countries such as Russia and Iran, which use those funds to attack our allies and undermine the national security of America. President Biden has imposed more restrictions on U.S. oil companies than he has on Russian oil.
With Iran, he has looked the other way as the regime busted through sanctions and raised their exports to more than one million barrels per day for the first time in almost three years.
A textbook example of why the left hates conservatives — and Ted Cruz, principal among them. Why? Facts. Rush Limbaugh said it best: “If you want to make a conservative angry, tell him a lie. If you want to make a liberal angry, tell him the truth” — President Apple Sauce Brains(TM) among them.
Cruz suggested his legislation wouldn’t “cost taxpayers a dime,” and would instead generate “billions in the coming years.”
I’m introducing the Energy Freedom Act to reverse Biden’s actions so we can restore American energy independence. This bill won’t cost taxpayers a dime, but it will provide the United States billions in revenue in the coming years by expediting permitting, leasing, safe new pipelines, and exports, and providing much-needed regulatory certainty.
It would create new jobs, lower energy costs, and because modern energy production in the United States is far cleaner than in any other country’s by every measure, it would help the environment.
The Energy Freedom Act would put a stop to the Biden administration’s sabotage of the American energy industry, and Congress should take it up without delay.
Here’s a partial list of what the website says the Energy Freedom Act does:
Prohibits the president from unilaterally enacting leasing bans on federal lands.
Eliminates the presidential permit requirement for cross-border energy projects.
Mandates the onshore and offshore oil, gas, wind, solar, and geothermal lease sales which have been “paused” since January 2021.
Reduces foreign dependence on critical minerals by expanding access and streamlining permitting.
Expedites permitting and adds certainty to the scope of environmental review.
The timing of Cruz’s introduction of a comprehensive energy independence bill couldn’t be better for America and worse for Biden and the Democrats. To partially borrow a phrase from Barack Obama’s pal, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Biden’s energy-dependent chickens are coming home to roost as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to drive skyrocketing crude oil and gasoline prices even higher.
Even potentially far worse, as reported by RedState, Transportation Secretary — Electric Car Salesman of the Month wannabe — Pete Buttigieg, on Thursday, admitted during an appearance on MSNBC that buying oil from the mad mullahs in Tehran is now “on the table.”
Think about that for a nanosecond. What could possibly go wrong with American dependence on Iranian oil? And potentially catastrophic, as reported by my colleague Streiff, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday it was scrapping a long-scheduled missile test, as Streiff suggested, out of fear of angering “the Russians they need for an Iran nuclear deal.”
If any of this insanity strikes you as somewhere between The Twilight Zone and the scariest horror flick you’ve ever seen, you’re not alone. What Joe Biden and his band of misfits have wrought on America in little more than a year is profound indeed.
Hell, even I’m concerned about where we’re headed, and I’ve been at this stuff for quite a while. But nothing like Biden’s America ever crossed my mind. Until now, which is why the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election are arguably the most critical in modern history.
We must take back America and we must return it to sanity — including the return of energy independence. To that end, there’s a pretty smart guy in Texas who has a few pretty smart ideas.