Curtis Statement on Price Gouging

Following the vote today on H.R. 7688, the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) had the following to say:

President Biden has purposefully hampered and canceled oil and gas production on all federal lands, which make up over 60% of Utah, increased royalty rates for production, canceled lease sales in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico and has discouraged the flow of capital to our energy industries. 

It is perfectly obvious these actions have increased the cost of gas by restricting supply. After taking these actions, accusing the oil and gas industry of “price gouging” when the cost of gas goes up is absurd. 

This Administration has villainized US fossil fuels and turned to our enemies to increase production. This is wrong and hypocritical. 

We are now all paying the price for their policy failures. We should reduce emissions, not energy choices, and invest in technology that enables affordable energy while combating carbon emissions. I believe we can have affordable and clean energy. Yet, attacking American production while letting China and Russia off the hook won’t solve the global emissions problem we face.