Washington, D.C. – With the support of Alaskan Congressman Don Young, the House of Representatives today sent a single, common-sense energy package to the Senate focused on increasing efficiency, ensuring reliability, streamlining production, and creating new energy infrastructure. Comprised of 13 House-passed bills, H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, passed by a vote of 226 to 191.
“On the six-year anniversary of the first Keystone XL Pipeline application, the House sent a clear message to the Senate that the American people can no longer wait for solutions to our many energy problems – high gas prices, significant bureaucratic red tape, loss of countless American jobs, and a slowing federal permitting process,” said Congressman Don Young. “I have consistently fought to defend the Alaskan and American economy, which is why I stand with the American people in calling upon the Senate to swiftly take up the strategy we’ve outlined to jump start the American energy renaissance.”
Included in the energy package is H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act, legislation cosponsored by Congressman Young to ease the pain American families and business owners face at the gas pumps by expanding American energy resources across the country – both onshore and offshore. The legislation makes significant steps to ensure increased Alaskan production by “facilitating the expeditious exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas from and through” the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPRA).
“The United States must continue to make progress in developing our many oil and gas resources across the nation, including offshore in areas like the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, to relieve the many growing pressures facing the American people,” said Congressman Don Young. “As gas prices rise and Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet, this legislation will maintain pressure on the federal government to remove unnecessary roadblocks standing in the way of responsibly developing our nation’s natural resources.”
Also included in this commonsense energy plan to grow U.S production and increase North American energy security are provisions to do the following:
- Approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline
- Expedite the export of U.S. liquefied natural gas to our allies
- Prevent the Administration from developing new regulations on coal that will ultimately destroy American jobs.
- Prevent Duplicative Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations
- Increase Offshore Production
- Increase Onshore Production
For a complete list of provisions included in H.R. 2, click here.
Impacts of Obama Administration Energy Roadblocks:
- Since President Obama took office, total federal oil production has dropped 6% and total federal natural gas production has dropped 28%. ALL of the increase in U.S. oil and natural gas production has been on state and private lands, not federal.
- Since President Obama took office, total federal offshore oil production is down 13% and federal offshore natural gas production is down 47%.
- Over 87% of our offshore acreage is currently off limits to oil and natural gas production.
- President Obama’s offshore leasing plan for 2012-2017 offers no new areas for lease and offers the lowest number of lease sales in history.
- The Obama Administration has had the four lowest years of federal acres leased for onshore energy production going back to 1988.