Former governor and now Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) was a headlining speaker at the America First Policy Institute concerning the United States and its approach to foreign and domestic energy. The panel in which Sen. Scott sat on was hosted by Rick Perry (R-TX), the former Secretary of Energy in the Trump administration.
In late March of this year, Scott introduced the FREE (Furthering Resource Exploration and Empowering) American Energy Act. According to a Rick Scott press release at the time of the bill’s introduction, the FREE American Energy Act was designed to “to expedite the federal agencies’ review process of applications for permits, waivers, licenses, or other authorizations related to energy production” and also to “reduce burdensome or unnecessary regulations originating from federal executive branch agencies and create an interagency process for energy production approval for states with federal lands.”
“Month after month, we have seen raging inflation and higher and higher energy costs for American families. Since his first month in office, Joe Biden's war on American energy has hurt families and our country. Biden’s failed Green New Deal energy agenda, which started with his disastrous decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline, has driven prices to historic highs and forced families to make an impossible choice: fill up their gas tank, put food on the table or heat their homes. In order for us to compete with our nation’s adversaries, like Communist China and Russia, we must make America energy independent," said Scott.
Recently, The Floridian reported that gas prices have increased by $1.20 since this time last year, according to AAA.
According to RealClearPolitics, 74% of Americans believe that the nation is not heading in the right direction. A year ago today, 52% felt as though the country was not heading in the right direction.