Congressman Armstrong defends fracking on House floor

February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON - Congressman Kelly Armstrong fiercely defended hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on the House floor this week during debate on a resolution to affirm that any president "should not declare a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal lands."

"Hydraulic fracturing provides enormous benefits to the American people including energy security, national security, economic growth, and reduced carbon emissions," Armstrong said. "We are one of the very few, if not only the country, that is both food and energy secure and I am proud that North Dakota is a big part of that energy security."

Armstrong stated that because of America's energy security, oil markets are more stable, an argument he also laid out in an op-ed in The Washington Times' ENERGY 2019 special edition in September. 

Armstrong also noted that fracking offsets other carbon energy sources which was a driver for America's reduction in carbon emissions.

"Simply put, America is stronger and our enemies are weaker because of fracking," Armstrong concluded. "Any attempt to ban or limit fracking makes us less safe and less prosperous and a fracking ban will do nothing to reduce carbon emissions."

Armstrong is serving his first term representing the state of North Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.