While Americans continue to see increased energy costs, the Biden administration is pushing forward with its climate agenda that many claim further exacerbates the issue.
As the coldest winter months approach, Americans will pay on average 28% more to heat their homes with natural gas than last year, according to the Energy Information Administration.
In addition, the cost of fuel remains higher than it was last year. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is currently $3.47, according to AAA Gas Prices. This is nearly 10 cents higher than last December.
Taking exception to the White House’s climate agenda, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) spoke in opposition to the administration’s policies during a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday.
“Freedom and free enterprise lift more people out of poverty than any other system or country in the history of the world. But our country cannot exist without a robust economy. It is impossible,” said Tuberville. “And you can’t run an economy without fossil fuels. That’s also impossible … Years of attacks on reliable American energy sources — in the name of ‘green’ policies — has taken us backward in our progress to produce affordable, accessible, clean energy.”
According to the senator, the United States is “nowhere near a world in which we can live without fossil fuels.”
“[A]nyone who says otherwise, or promotes ideas that we can significantly curb our use in the next decade, is not living in reality. We have to [have] them, and we have the supply right here at home … We should be producing energy in America, with American workers.”
Alabama’s junior senator then took aim at the nation’s leading climate activists who he asserted to be “hypocritical” in applying their progressive ideology.
“President Biden, John Kerry, and Al Gore, and climate activists want pain and suffering for you, but not for them. It is absolutely hypocritical. And I’m hoping the American people see right through it,” said Tuberville. “Time and time again, Americans are told to ignore the obvious consequences of President Biden’s policies and be thankful for the meaningless actions he has taken.”
Tuberville insisted Americans “should never have to choose [between] being fed and being warm.” According to the senator, “progressive energy policies” are leaving the citizenry with no other option.
“[A]ll this has been in the name of fighting back against [a] so-called ‘climate crisis’ that has yet to materialize … But the energy crisis is here. We will see it every day. Americans will feel it every day, if we do not act,” he said.
“The federal government should reverse policies across all agencies. We should restrict agencies that restrict energy production, that place undue burdens on businesses, or/and put foreign agreements above domestic priorities. We cannot restore our economy until we revive our energy sector. It’s not possible. It’s not going to happen.
“The safety, security, and well-being of the American people depend on the leaders in Congress having the courage to stand up to these green activists and stand with American families who need to fuel their cars and need heat their homes.”
Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL