Babin, Leader McCarthy, Houston Delegation Join to Discuss Biden’s Energy Policies
Washington, February 3, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) joined Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Kevin Brady, and members of the Houston delegation on a site visit of the Houston Ship Channel. While there, they participated in a roundtable with Texas oil and gas officials to discuss the negative impact that President Biden’s energy policies will have on Texas companies and workers. Following the roundtable and site visit, they held a Q&A with local and national media. The Congressman’s remarks have been transcribed below:
Today, we stand together here in Houston, at the epicenter of American energy, to talk about the importance of this country’s pursuit of energy independence.
From gas prices, to the cost of electricity bills, to jobs, to food, what happens here in Houston affects every American, every day. But unfortunately, our economic bedrock of oil and gas is under attack by an Administration that is eliminating millions of jobs and leaving our national security open to threats from adversaries. These measures will destroy our progress in the energy sector and undermine our prosperity, innovation, and safety.
If we kill oil and natural gas production in the United States by cancelling pipelines or forcing adherence to rhetoric-filled climate change measures, we subjugate ourselves to dependence on other countries who do not follow the same stringent environmental regulations we do here in the U.S.
We must continue to protect and promote the resources and infrastructure that make us the greatest nation in the world, and that includes the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel. That is why I am proud to have helped secure the “New Start” designation for this Channel.
This designation will officially kick-start the highly anticipated dredging and widening of the Channel, which will revolutionize Texas by modernizing and improving our infrastructure. This is a critical step toward advancing America’s energy independence and strengthening our national security.
I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in today’s events and will continue to be a vocal leader for providing clean, efficient, low-cost, domestically created energy to all Americans.
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