Calls Biden Bureaucrats to ‘Lead by Example’ and Follow Their Own Energy Guidance
WASHINGTON – Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is highlighting the Biden administration’s hypocrisy and requiring the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set their offices’ air conditioning to 78 degrees, the same temperature a federal program recommends for American households.
Ernst is providing oversight through her Lead by Example Act by calling on both departments to report to Congress what temperature their air conditioning has been set at since January 20, 2021, while these recommendations have been in place.
“I’m turning up the heat on the Biden administration to pull the plug on their ridiculous regulations and make Washington bureaucrats think twice before imposing arbitrary rules on Americans,” Ernst said. “If they truly believe it’s good enough for hardworking Americans, they should be ready and willing to lead by example and follow their own guidelines.”
“The reality is, Biden bureaucrats are pushing their out-of-touch agenda on the American people to compensate for their failed radical green agenda. It’s time to make ‘em squeal and sweat!” said Ernst.
“The Biden Administration has recommended Americans set the temperature on their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, during the heat of the summer, to limit energy use. This recommendation is an uncomfortable, and possiblyunreasonable expectation of the American people,” said Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D. (IA-01). “Further, this is textbook hypocrisy, because both the DOE and EPA are notadhering tothese overheated recommendations attheir own agencyheadquarters. Once again ‘do as I say, not as I do’ and it is outrageous thatBiden’s executive agencies are theexception to the rule,yet the DOE isurging hard-working Americans to change their lifestyles without consideration for varying climates or health concerns. That is why I am proud to join Senator Ernst on the Lead by Example Act, which would require the DOE and EPAtofollow DOEguidance and set the AC in both headquarters to at least 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The legislation also requires the DOE to reportits thermostat history from 2021 onwardsto Congress.”
The Biden administration has made a push towards renewable energy, closing traditional power plants without reliable and affordable alternatives readily available, resulting in a reduced energy supply. Ernst even predicted the Biden blackouts on the Senate floor.