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Cramer Leads House Energy Action Team on House Floor in Opposition to Obama Plan

Jun 26, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer conducted a special leadership hour for the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to the President’s newly announced climate regulation scheme. Cramer managed remarks made on the House floor during a full hour by seven members of Congress; Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA).

North Dakota citizens are to thank for the overall increase in oil and gas production in the United States, Cramer said during his remarks, and the state’s economic success is a symbol of what can be done for America.

Cramer was handpicked by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to serve as a member of House Energy Action Team. The purpose of HEAT is to supplement ongoing leadership, committee and conference efforts by providing a committed, talented and well-organized group of House members to serve as messengers of energy policy.

Earlier in the day, Cramer spoke again on the House floor to address the Obama Administration’s declared ‘war on coal’. A statement Cramer released yesterday strongly criticizes the President’s plan and notes its impact on North Dakota’s coal-fired power plants.


A couple of weeks ago, our President announced his intention to unilaterally disarm our national defense by cutting back our nuclear deterrent. This week he announced his intention to unilaterally disarm our entire economy by declaring war on coal. In my state of North Dakota, the coal industry employs over 17,000 highly paid workers that provide the lowest cost electricity to our retail customers anywhere in the country. They contribute three and a half billion dollars to our state’s economy. And in case the President thinks we need his EPA to keep our air clean, he should know North Dakota meets all ambient air quality standards as prescribed by the EPA. I will not sit idly by and watch this President steal the jobs, hopes, and dreams of my constituents. Nor will I sit idly while he and his EPA impose their mediocrity on my state’s excellent stewardship of our natural resources. North Dakota will not retreat from this war waged on us by our President. We must and we will fight back.