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When President Joe Biden attended the United Nations Conference on Climate Change and pledged to cut US greenhouse gas emissions “while making it more affordable for consumers to save their own energy bills,” said a Republican congressman from Texas quite the opposite.
In a one-minute speech in Congress on October 28th, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin claimed, “US households are well on their way to spending $ 19 billion more on energy by 2030.” The CSPAN footage of his one-minute speech was tweeted by Williams on Nov. 1. When asked about Williams’ source, his office referred to an analysis by the American Petroleum Institute, a lobbying group for the oil and gas industry. The analysis was carried out for the institute by the energy consultancy OnLocation Inc.
The analysis relates specifically to a Biden proposal from the election campaign: a ban on oil and gas activities on the state and water. Williams highlighted this at the beginning of his speech.
The $ 19 billion figure comes from a September 2020 report prompted by a campaign promise from Biden at the time to move oil and gas operations to leasing and development for the state to forbid. The forecast is that US households will spend a cumulative $ 19 billion more on energy by 2030 (in US dollars from 2018).
The institute has made the assumptions of a model of the U.S. Energy Information Administration under the U.S. Department of Energy, which tracks energy market data and develops, extrapolates and modifies future prospects.
After Biden took office, he executive banned new leases for oil and gas production on public land and in offshore waters until one Review of approval and leasing program could be completed.
The analysis for 2020 was based on the proposal to ban new leases and allow existing leases, while Biden’s executive order only affected new leases, a spokesman for the American Petroleum Institute said / p> The actual leasing break was short, however, as a federal court ordered the resumption of leasing in June. The Home Office issued a notice in August of the steps it has taken to comply with the restraining order. The Justice Department is also appealing the decision to the 5th US Court of Appeals.
A Home Office spokesman stated in an email on Nov. 17 that the lease hiatus did not affect the current oil and gasoline So, in criticizing Biden’s policies, Williams used a statistic that is specific to an election pledge that is not currently in effect.
The American Petroleum Institute has an addendum to its analysis, but no estimate of the potential impact on household energy costs in 2021 if only new rentals were paused.
A US spokesman Energy Information Administration wrote in an email that non-renewable energy spending in residential buildings is projected to increase by $ 18 billion (in 2020) from $ 247 billion to $ 265 billion under applicable laws and regulations / p> Ultimately, the energy forecast for households is a challenge – energy prices for households depend on a number of difficult to predict factors. The Energy Information Administration pointed out in its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 that many events as well as future technologies and demographics can ultimately affect energy markets.
Williams said: “US households are well on the way to 2030 19 Spending billions of dollars more on energy “because of Biden’s energy policy.
The figure was specifically targeted to ban all new state and waterway leasing and development projects for oil and gas operations. A ban of this magnitude did not come into force; only re-letting was prohibited. And that ban is currently being blocked by a federal judge.
The statistics only speak in favor of a Biden policy under many climate directives, some of which Biden claims to cut household costs.
It is difficult to predict energy prices for Predict households because many factors affect them and analysts need to hold many factors constant to make predictions.
Assuming laws and regulations stay the same, for example, the Energy Information Administration estimates household spending will increase by 18 Billions of dollars are going to rise.
We consider this as a claim to be half true, which means that the statement is partially correct but leaves out important details or takes things out of context.
The White House, ” Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis in In- and Abroad “, January 27, 2021.
E-mails from Severin Borenstein, Faculty Director of the Haas School of Business Energy Institute, 16. November 2021.
Email from Melissa Schwartz, Director of Communications, Home Office Secretary, November 17, 2021.
Kevin McGill, Associated Press, “Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s Break on New Oil and Gas Leases,” June 15 2021.
Kevin McGill, Associated Press, “Biden Administrator Appeals Oil and Gas Lease Freeze,” Aug. 16, 2021.
Department of the Interior, “FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Action To Maintain Commitment to restoring the equilibrium in public areas and bodies of water, “Invest in Clean Energy Future”, January 27, 2021.
Ministry of the Interior, “Interior Department Files Court Brief Outlining Next Steps in Leasing Program”, August 24, 2021.
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