The American Petroleum Institute’s (API) president and CEO tells Fox News that Biden administration policies are a key issue in surging energy costs, and he expressed concern for customers heading into winter months.

“Certainly one of the key factors is that the Biden administration has made an effort to reduce production in the United States,” Mike Sommers advised Fox News in an interview. 

API is a nationwide commerce affiliation representing America’s oil and pure gasoline business.


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Energy costs jumped 4.8% final month and have been up 30% over the previous 12 months, in accordance with the patron worth index. The API president defined that slicing off the Keystone XL Pipeline, leasing and allowing on federal lands, and entry to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska,  have been consequential for the worth of energy. These policies have been enacted as a part of Biden’s local weather change initiative.

Pipes for the Keystone XL Pipeline stacked in a yard near Oyen, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.  

Pipes for the Keystone XL Pipeline stacked in a yard close to Oyen, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.  
(Jason Franson/Bloomberg by way of Getty Images)

Sommers mentioned he’s involved costs will proceed to be excessive “particularly going into the winter months when consumers are using more natural gas to heat their homes.”

The Energy Information Administration warned the price of heating oil is predicted to rise roughly 43% in comparison with final 12 months because of “higher expected fuel costs as well as more consumption of energy due to a colder winter.” The company expects that “nearly half of U.S. households that heat primarily with natural gas will spend 30% more than they spent last winter on average.”

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm advised CNN’s “State of the Union” host Dana Bash on Sunday that Americans ought to anticipate to pay increased prices for heating this winter. “We have the same problem in fuels that the supply chains have, which is that oil and gas companies are not flipping the switch as quickly as the demand requires,” Granholm mentioned.

President Joe Biden speaks during the United Nations' COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP)

President Joe Biden speaks throughout the United Nations’ COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Pool Photo by way of AP)

But, Sommers advised Fox News, “when the administration is continually putting forward new proposals to limit production in the United States, American oil and gas companies are cutting back on production.”

Granholm advised Bash: “the president is all over this” and “looking at all of the tools he has” to handle excessive gasoline costs.

Sommers additionally nervous about America’s future dependence on different nations.

“We have been able to limit the amount of dependence that we’ve had on foreign countries for our oil and gas over the course of the last decade.” Sommers mentioned he believes Biden has began to reverse that pattern and “we need to continue development in the United States, rather than being dependent on other countries for American energy.”