U.S. Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) on Thursday introduced legislation recognizing Pennsylvania’s natural energy resources as the United States tackles its energy security and works to reduce its dependence on foreign oil .
The resolution, H. Con. Res. 85, urges President Joe Biden to consider labor, economic, and state energy security impacts when setting national and international energy policies. This includes buying oil from foreign adversaries, pipeline approvals, and energy and mining development permits.
“As energy prices continue to soar, President Biden has chosen to release 180 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve rather than recognize our great potential for domestic energy production,” said Thompson said. “Pennsylvania sits atop the vast Marcellus and Utica Shales and holds an abundance of additional natural resources. The current disruption in global energy markets and geopolitical strife are stark reminders that we need to create energy policy that is focused on the well-being and affordability of American consumers. Simply put, you’re not going to grow jobs, manufacturing, or our economy without reliable energy pricing.
Thompson’s office said the US oil industry originated in Pennsylvania in 1859 and the state continues to be an energy resource to this day. The state is the second largest natural gas producer in the United States and has 49 underground gas storage sites – the most in the country. It is also the third-largest coal-producing state, the largest net exporter of electricity, and the country’s second-largest in nuclear power generation.
The resolution is co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), Fred Keller (R-PA), Dan Meuser (R-PA), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), and John Joyce (R-PA).
“Pennsylvania is full of energy and natural resources. The Commonwealth produces nearly one-fifth of all the natural gas drilled in the United States every day,” Kelly said. “Destructive policies that stifle pro-American energy production not only keep prices high and endanger our national security, but they also kill jobs. I am proud to join my colleagues in Pennsylvania in defending the energy of Pennsylvania and protect local jobs.