Mar. 28, 2024

SALEM TOWNSHIP—At a time when consumers in Pennsylvania—and nationwide—are facing rising energy costs, Rep. Mike Cabell (R-Luzerne) and the House Republican Policy Committee, led by Chairman Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), today convened the first hearing in a series to discuss ways to ensure both low-cost and reliable energy for consumers.  

The hearing, “Balancing Your Budget and Thermostat: Consumer Focused Energy Policy,” featured the following testifiers: Michael Butler, Consumer Energy Alliance mid-Atlantic executive director; Jack Monahon, Caithness Energy general manager of operations; and Dr. Frank Polidora, Butler Township supervisor. 

When it comes to energy, Pennsylvania is a global superpower. The Commonwealth’s natural gas and oil industry supports 497,000 jobs, contributes $78.6 billion to the state economy, and provides the state $335.2 million in wildlife conservation funding, according to Energy Citizens. The Energy Information Administration lists Pennsylvania as the second-largest net supplier, after Texas, of total energy to other states. 

Unfortunately, Gov. Josh Shapiro continuously proposes policies that would place unnecessary burdens on the energy sector, which, consequently, would have negative impacts on consumers. 

“We need to focus on continuing to use the great resources we have in Pennsylvania and maintain the strong position of a net energy exporter,” said Cabell. “House Republicans stand for the consumer, as demonstrated by our recent package of bills on energy affordability. Let’s cut the red tape, continue to cut emissions and protect Pennsylvanians’ wallets.”

“The world is a better place with Pennsylvania energy,” said Kail “Let this be a warning: the world will not be a better place with the Democrats’ energy policies as they will harm consumers, manufacturers, national security and the environment. That’s the irony of their ‘green’ policies—they present no environmental benefit, yet the Democrats cloak themselves in green righteousness.” 

To watch the complete hearing, click here.

Representative Mike Cabell
117th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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