‘Weakening Ourselves’: House Republican Says Climate Politics Hurts US Energy Production, National Security

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) on May 15 spoke during a virtual forum at the Hudson Institute on energy policy, explaining how the United States is “weakening ourselves” with climate politics that hurts U.S. energy capacity and threatens national security.
Specifically, Armstrong said that environmentalist policies, along with the already long waiting times to get government approvals, make it riskier to even begin construction on new fossil fuel infrastructure, in turn making it more difficult for manufacturers to collect investor funding. Armstrong dismissed goals of “transitioning” away from traditional energy sources as unrealistic, and said that environmentalists’ goal of “outsourcing their guilt” over carbon emissions to other countries only hurts the environment and U.S. national security….

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