Jun 23, 2014

Affordable Energy for All Americans

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Cars are an integral part of American life. We use them to work, to get to work, and to enjoy our free time. Whether it’s a weekend trip to the lake or the daily commute to the office, we need our cars and the gas that powers them.

But people across the nation are now facing gas prices above $3.50 a gallon. Some are already paying over $4 a gallon at the pump. Prices like this hurt everyday Americans. Commuters still have to drive to work when gas prices go up. A contractor must still drive his truck full of supplies to the job site. Young Americans need gas to take them to job interviews. These are costs that can’t be offset, as millions of Americans need their cars just to support themselves.

And this increase in the cost of energy has a ripple effect throughout the economy, as everything from food prices to cooling your home will cost more and more. Companies like FedExUPS, and cab fleets in Miami have already added surcharges to customers to offset the cost of fuel.

Since the shale revolution, private lands have yielded an unexpected amount of oil and gas. However,federal lands both on and offshore have had almost no new drilling, leaving large deposits of oil and natural gas untouched and unused. Meanwhile, projects like the Keystone XL wallow in the purgatory of regulations and delays. America is kept from enjoying the energy produced by allies, like Canada, that could displace our oil imports from other foreign and less stable sources, like OPEC.

We have the ability to become an energy superpower, release ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, and lower energy prices for all Americans. Alongside coal, nuclear, and renewables, the natural gas and oil that exists beneath both America and our North American allies can contribute to a reliable and affordable electricity supply for decades to come, while lowering prices at the pump and beyond.

This week, the House is committed to providing real energy solutions that will aid all Americans by reducing energy prices and ending bureaucratic and administrative delay. Starting tomorrow, the House will vote on bipartisan bills to:

• Reduce our dependence on foreign oil
• Allow for greater offshore exploration
• Cut red tape and speed the processing of cross-border energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL pipeline
• Increase energy production by harnessing the energy America already owns that is currently beneath federally owned lands

Americans don’t need to pay more at the pump. Now is the time to free American energy and increase ties with our North American allies to ensure that the American people have access to affordable energy.