A bill introduced by Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, and Rep. Bill Keating, D-Massachusetts, will reportedly help the U.S. and European countries attain “global energy security” while encouraging a diversification of energy sources and supply routes.
Kinzinger described H.R. 1616, the European Energy Security and Diversification Act, as a way to help European countries against the “malign activities” of Russia, in a press release.
“The United States is the world’s top energy producer. American oil output has more than doubled over the last 10 years,” Kinzinger said. “We know that the Russian Federation has long used energy as a weapon to coerce, manipulate and create conflict among European governments.”
Keating said Russia weaponizes its grip on energy through Europe.
“We need to stand together as part of a strong and unified coalition,” Keating said. “This bill is a major step forward in helping our European partners lessen Russian influence over the energy sector while also fostering EU-U.S. cooperation, private investment and low-carbon pathways.”
A Senate companion bill also was introduced last week by a bipartisan group of senators from across the country. Two other congressmen, one Republican and one Democrat, also co-sponsored the House bill.
“We have an opportunity to support our allies, and with U.S. diplomatic, political and technical support, we can stop Russia from using energy as a means to threaten the security of our European partners,” Kinzinger said.