Republicans slam global energy agency’s fossil fuel ‘biases’

By Andres Picon | 03/22/2024 06:44 AM EDT

The lawmakers suggest the International Energy Agency’s views may have contributed to recent Biden administration decisions on gas exports.

Fatih Birol.

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, during remarks in Brussels in 2022. Virginia Mayo/AP

The Republican leaders of Congress’ main energy committees called out the International Energy Agency this week, accusing it of being a “cheerleader” for the clean energy transition.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a letter to IEA leadership Wednesday that the ostensibly objective energy analysis agency has begun to lean more favorably toward renewables at the expense of fossil fuels.

They also expressed concern to Fatih Birol, IEA’s executive director, that the Biden administration’s recent pause on liquefied natural gas exports may have been influenced by the agency’s reports.


“We would argue that in recent years the IEA has been undermining energy security by discouraging sufficient investment in energy supplies — specifically, oil, natural gas, and coal,” Barrasso and McMorris Rodgers wrote.