Western Caucus, HEAT Forum Showcases American Clean Energy Innovation

"American Energy Dominance: Clean Energy Advancements in the Oil & Gas Sector"

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and House Energy Action Team (HEAT) Co-Chair Jeff Duncan (SC-03) hosted a joint National Clean Energy Week forum with Western Caucus and HEAT Members to discuss clean energy advancements within the American oil and gas industry. The forum titled, “American Energy Dominance: Clean Energy Advancements in the Oil & Gas Sector,” featured panelists from the Independent Petroleum Producers of AmericaCheniere EnergyAmerican Exploration and Production CouncilExxonMobil, and Occidental Petroleum Corporation to showcase the innovative new technologies U.S. oil and gas producers are deploying throughout the United States to enhance energy security, strengthen domestic supply chains, and protect the environment.
“The United States leads the world in global emissions reduction, and that is in large part due to the innovation and progress taking place within the oil and gas industry,” said Chairman Newhouse. “This forum is very timely – not only because it is National Clean Energy Week, but because as Americans across the country are facing skyrocketing energy costs and rising gas prices, now more than ever it is important to celebrate how the oil and gas industry is contributing to our energy dominance while protecting the environment.”
"Rather than restricting domestic energy production and increasing regulatory barriers, we need to unlock American energy resources and export those resources to help our friends and allies around the world, to not only provide for their energy needs but also lower their carbon emissions through cleaner burning United States-produced LNG," said Rep. Duncan. "The companies and groups testifying are proven examples of this: Innovation – not regulation – will allow the U.S. to continue to lead the world in emissions reduction and pave the way toward energy dominance."
Vice Chairs Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Bruce Westerman (AR-04), and Pete Stauber (MN-08) and Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) and Bill Johnson (OH-06) participated in the forum alongside a panel of U.S. energy leaders: 
  • Dan Naatz, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, Independent Petroleum Association of America 
  • Khary Cauthen, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Cheniere Energy 
  • Troy Lyons, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Exploration & Production Council
  • Mimi Braniff, Head of Federal Government & Regulatory Affairs, Exxon Mobil 
  • Tony Cottone, Vice President - 1PointFive, Occidental Petroleum Corporation 
Throughout National Clean Energy Week, Western Caucus Members have highlighted clean energy technologies across rural America. 
  • Natural gas accounts for 38% of U.S. electricity generation and emits between 45-55% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than coal when used to generate electricity, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
  • The IEA estimates that switching from coal to natural gas has helped limit the rise in global CO2 emissions since 2010 and prevented more than 699 million metric tons of CO2 emissions between 2010 and 2020.
  • Natural gas coupled with carbon capture solutions (CCS) ensures a more stable and cost-effective energy supply than renewables alone.
  • CCS could capture more than 90% of CO2 emissions at power plants and industrial facilities, and the IEA has said “reaching net-zero [emissions] will be virtually impossible” without CCS technology.

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