Sep 17, 2014

Improving America’s Energy Infrastructure Will Lower Costs and Create Jobs

It costs a lot to live in America today—the prices of everything from milk to clothing are going up—and the price of energy is only making it worse. Increasing North American energy production will not only lower energy prices for every American, it will also create jobs. (Just take a look at North Dakota, a center of the energy boom, which has a 2.8 percent unemployment rate compared to the nation’s 6.1 percent.)

However, as we are experiencing an explosion of production growth, we need the infrastructure to get our energy resources from where they are to where they need to be. For six years this Administration has blocked key infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, and flaws in the permitting and regulatory process are keeping America from reaching it’s full potential.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is making the changes necessary to lower prices and spur job creations in America through their Architecture of Abundance agenda. The following five bills all improve America’s energy infrastructure and distribution capabilities and will be passed in the House’s upcoming energy package: 

H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act: This bill by Representative Lee Terry (NE-02) would allow the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which would create tens of thousands of jobs and has been delayed for no reason for six years.

H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act: Chairman Fred Upton’s (MI-06) bill strengthens our partnership with Canada and Mexico in order to build a more secure and efficient North American energy market and lower energy costs.

H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act: Representative Cory Gardner’s (CO-04) bill would expedite the export of U.S. liquefied natural gas to our allies, thereby promoting global stability and aiding America’s economy.

H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act: Authored by Representative Mike Pompeo (KS-04), this bill modernizes the review process for natural gas pipeline permit applications to ensure debacles like Keystone don’t happen again.

H.R. 2641, the Responsible and Professionally Invigorating Development Act: Representative Tom Marino’s (PA-10) bill establishes a more streamlined and transparent federal permitting process for construction projects, opening up America’s vast energy potential and lowering costs.

Democrats have already cast 120 votes in favor of these five bills. Overall, Democrats have cast over 850 votes for the bills in the House’s energy and jobs and economy packages that will be passed later this week.