Rep. Miller: Long Past Time to Address our Nation’s Rising Energy Prices

Jun 20, 2012 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Energy
Rep. Miller: Long Past Time to Address our Nation’s Rising Energy Prices

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments in support of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (H.R.4480) which is currently being considered on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is a package of seven bills rolled out by the House Energy Action Team that will address high energy costs hurting American families and crippling small businesses, and create thousands of badly-needed jobs.  Miller said:

“Our economy is struggling, the American people need jobs and too many families are struggling under the burden of ever rising energy prices.  It is certainly time – long past time actually – for the federal government to act and today this House will act.  This nation has been blessed with so many energy resources, just vast energy resources, that if we actually advantaged ourselves of we could meet all of our nation’s energy needs;  We could create countless jobs, good paying jobs right here at home; We could provide needed funding to our federal treasury, expand our economy, and make our nation more secure.  But unfortunately we don’t do that.  In fact we are nearly the only nation on the face of the planet that does not take advantage of our energy resources.  Instead we unfortunately have made the choice to rely on foreign sources of energy to meet many of our needs, many from unstable or unfriendly nations to whom we export literally hundreds of billions of dollars of our national wealth each and every year.  And we bypass the opportunity to create needed jobs here at home.

“This absolutely needs to change.  While President Obama talks about an “All-of-the-Above” energy strategy, his actions tell a different story.  While exploration for oil and other energy resources is up overall, it has been reduced on lands under federal control under this Administration.  And this Administration’s EPA has made the coal industry public enemy number one, even though it is the cheapest and most abundant source of electricity generation in our nation.

“Today this House will act on a true “All of the Above” energy strategy.  This legislation will streamline and remove government red tape as hurdles to energy production.  It will require our nation to put forward goals for production of all energy sources, including oil, natural gas, coal and renewables on federal lands.  It will make the permitting process easier; it will open new areas to exploration and development both onshore as well as offshore.  This legislation will lower energy prices for hard pressed consumers; it will create good paying jobs here at home, and it will enhance our economic security and national security.  I urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting this critical legislation.”

Note: Bills Included in Domestic Energy and Jobs Act:
Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012
The Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012 (H.R. 4480) links tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to increasing energy production on federal lands.  If the President releases oil from the SPR, the Administration will be required to develop a plan to lease more federal lands for exploration and production.
Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012
The Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4471) would require an interagency committee to conduct a cumulative analysis on certain EPA rules and actions that impact the price of gasoline and diesel fuels.  It will pause the implementation of the Tier 3 fuel standards, refinery New Source Performance Standards, and ozone standards until six months after the report is submitted to Congress, which should provide for a better understanding of the costs and consequences of these rules.
Planning for American Energy Act of 2012
The Planning for American Energy Act of 2012 (H.R. 4381) would require the Secretary of the Interior to establish an all-of-the-above energy program for federal lands by reviewing the nation’s energy needs and then establishing goals for federal land energy production to meet those needs from all energy sources, oil, natural gas, coal and renewables.
Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012
The Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012 (H.R. 4382) would: 1) require a minimum annual acreage leasing plan that makes available at least 25 percent of the lands open for leasing each year for which there is interest in development and 2) set firm timelines for the Secretary of the Interior to issue leases and adjudicate lease protests. It would also prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from withdrawing leases and adding additional lease stipulations after they have been sold.
Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act of 2012
The Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act (H.R. 4383) would ensure a reliable permitting process to increase American energy production.  It would remove government roadblocks and bureaucratic red tape that hinder and delay American energy production and American job creation. It streamlines and reforms the process for energy permitting, once a lease is in hand, to encourage the timely development of our federal onshore oil, natural gas, and renewable resources.
National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act
The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act (H.R. 2150) will create new jobs, support current energy jobs in Alaska, expand American energy production and lower energy costs by ensuring that oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
BLM Live Internet Auctions Act
The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act (H.R. 2752) gives the Secretary of the Interior the authority to conduct Internet-based auctions for onshore leases to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process.

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