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Arrington Introduces Legislation to Protect National Security and American Energy Jobs from Federal Overreach

WASHINGTON –Last week, Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) introduced a resolution that would encourage the United States to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and a bill requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to include the impact of job loss or creation in any notice of rule making.

“On his first day in office,President Biden caved to the far left’s extreme climate agenda, leaving thousands of hardworking American energy sector employees jobless in the midst of a global pandemic.By re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement,President Biden showed the American people he cares more about placating the climate alarmists than where thousands of energy workers will get their next paycheck and the cost that will be passed down to American consumers,”said Rep. Arrington.“At a time when Americans are struggling to find employment, we should work to create jobs—not destroy them.The need for fossil fuels and the jobs they provide could not be better exemplified than by the widespread power loss that has taken over Texas due to the winter storm.While this is an infrequent circumstance for Texas, it is a reminder of the necessary role fossil fuel plays for communities across America.”

Background:

  • On January 20, 2021, the Biden Administration recommitted the United States to the Paris climate agreement and rescinded the construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in a move thatwill leave millions of American workers joblessand increaseAmericandependence onforeign oil and gas.
  • On January 21, 2021, the Biden Administration issued a devastating 60-day ban on new oil and gas drilling permits and leases for federal land and waters.
  • From March through October 2020, fossil fuel workers have lost an estimated 117,600 jobs, representing nearly 16% drop in unemployment.

Full text of H. Resolution 113: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should formally withdraw from the Paris Agreement, can be found here.

Full text of H.R. 964: To amend title 5, United States Code, to require the EPA to include any notice of rule making a statement regarding the impact of the rule on jobs loss or creation, can be found here.




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