Congressman August Pfluger, U.S. Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Texas

  • Nov 24, 2021
  • San Saba News and Star

Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11) gave an impassioned speech on the House Floor standing up for the American oil and gas industry and against President Biden’s radical anti-American energy agenda.

I rise against the extreme anti-American policies that we see right now being discussed in this forum, in this House.

You know I ask two simple questions of the President. Are you making us more secure, are you making us more prosperous? And the answer to that is no. Unequivocally no.

We’ve got an anti-American energy movement in this country that is going to devastate every American. It’s going to leave us cold, dark, and hungry. It’s going to embolden our adversaries, and it’s going to harm our environment.

This administration has taken a hard line against American energy by cancelling thousands of pipeline jobs. By cancelling drilling permits, by kneecapping energy producers with targeted tax increases and harmful regulations.

Americans are already feeling the pain of the Biden energy crisis at the gas pump [and] at the grocery store, where we see exorbitant prices that are continuing to skyrocket.

Just today, I had a Democrat colleague that said, ‘’In my district, small businesses are feeling the pain everywhere.’ I said, ‘Well, push back! Stop this madness.’

Any vote for reconciliation is a vote against the American worker it’s a vote against American energy.

To make matters worse, heating bills are forecasted to be 54% HIGHER in 2021. Under this administration, make no mistake about it, middle class families will pay the price, and they will be forced to think twice before turning on the heat this winter.

We are nearing an all-out energy emergency eerily close to what our neighbors in Europe are feeling. At $25 dollars for gas. $25 dollars in Europe.

It’s only going to get worse, and instead of unleashing the producers in the Permian Basin where I represent, people who have done more to innovate and bring emissions down to levels that the Paris Climate Accords could have dreamed of, we are cutting them off at the knees.

And the American family—our mothers and fathers—the working class American, that is who is paying for this. Adversaries whose energy is nowhere near as clean as ours are going to benefit from this.

When you see that today, o average, $3.30 per gallon—over a dollar more at the pump than what we saw last year. It’s only going to get worse.

I’m urging my colleagues to oppose this radical agenda, to stand up for American energy producers and to provide every American household with affordable, reliable energy that has come from this country and allowed us to lift a billion people out of poverty in this world.”