Sep 15, 2014

Unleashing North American Energy

The American energy revolution has been one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise beleaguered economy. But despite this abundance, the Obama administration is relentless in their pursuit to crowd out low cost energy options by mandating regulations that favor expensive and unreliable energy sources. Meanwhile, stagnant wages and imperceptible economic growth have hardworking Americans spending more of their budgets on basic necessities and energy and less on improving their lives or growing their businesses.

When the polar vortex hit last year, we all saw the need for reliable, abundant, and affordable energy. Winter is coming again, and the bills listed below will ensure that energy does not become our biggest worry in the cold weather.

In a time of high costs and low wages, government should not be adding more weight to the burden on every American. Yet that is exactly what Washington is doing with all of its costly and unnecessary regulations and limitations on our states and energy sectors. Now is the time to unleash North American energy, lower costs for Americans, and work toward energy independence. This week, the House will pass an energy package that includes five different measures to reform overburdening energy regulations:

H.R. 2728, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act: The United States has abundant natural resources, including oil and natural gas, that have recently become accessible because of innovative recovery techniques, such as hydraulic fracturing. Representative Bill Flores’s (TX-17) bill would protect American jobs and energy by preserving the states’ authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing.

H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act: Representative Bill Cassidy’s (LA-06) bill saves Americans money and protects consumers from higher costs by requiring greater inter-agency review for energy regulations costing over $1 billion.

H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act: This bipartisan bill authored by Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) protects power plants from excessive EPA regulations designed to close them up. This bill ensures reliable and affordable electricity sources remain a part of our energy mix.

H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act: Authored by Representative Bill Johnson (OH-06), this bill prevents the Obama Administration from developing new, job-killing coal regulations that will increase energy prices.

H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gas Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act: The authors of this bill—Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Representatives Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Scott Tipton (CO-03), and Bill Johnson (OH-06—worked to remove federal government barriers that block the production of I.S. energy sources offshore and expand onshore American energy production by streamlining government red tape and regulations.

Both the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Natural Resources Committee have produced commonsense and bipartisan proposals to pull down energy prices and make life more affordable for Americans. Each of these five bills have already passed the House with bipartisan support. Overall, Democrats have cast over 850 votes for the bills in the House’s energy and jobs and economy packages that will expand our economy and lower energy prices.