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Former Vice President Mike Pence was speaking at Rice University’s Baker Institute

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Former Vice President Mike Pence offered crystal clear thoughts on where U.S. energy policy should go during a speech at Rice University’s Baker Institute on Tuesday.

“The stakes are too high. We need to unleash American energy now,” Pence said. “In just one year, President Biden turned a surplus in American oil and gas into a deficit. All in the name of environmental extremism and all at the expense of American workers.”

He criticized the policies of the current government and pointed to the failure to achieve energy independence. During the half-hour speech, he repeatedly slapped President Biden for failing to lead on energy policy.

“On the one hand, there is a valid criticism that the US is less self-sufficient on energy than it would have been under President Trump if he had been re-elected,” said Mark Jones, a policy fellow at the Baker Institute. “On the other hand, we are closer to tackling climate change than we would have been if President Trump had stayed in office.”

Pence has been vocal about his thoughts on energy, both as an individual and through his nonprofit Advancing American Freedom. This non-profit organization is politically active and broadcasts pro-energy independence ads.

This comes as Pence is trying to retain a vote in the Republican Party after January 6, 2021.

“Mike Pence is in a strange place in the Republican Party,” said Rick Klein, ABC News political director. “Pence is trying to find his own way. He feels he has a path in the party going forward as a potential presidential candidate, either with or without Trump. It’s not clear where the Republican electoral base would be that Pence would draw on.”

Regardless of his own future in the party, Pence was certainly strategic in delivering today’s speech on the future of energy in the world’s energy capital.

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