June 7, 2012
“Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”
--Energy Secretary Steven Chu
“The Obama administration has chosen to reject a domestic energy production agenda that will increase American-made energy and create hundreds of thousands of American-made jobs. Our economic and energy stagnation demands action.”
--Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
This week, members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) unveiled the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, a legislative package comprised of domestic energy bills that aim to increase access to American energy resources and prevent misguided federal policies that will drive energy prices higher. The bill would also help spur job creation by removing roadblocks to American energy production. As part of a Republican energy agenda that embraces a true all-of-the-above approach, this bill would drive a manufacturing renaissance that would be a catalyst to America’s overall economic recovery. Included in the package are numerous proposals, including the following:
- H.R. 4480: Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012 (Rep. Gardner, R-CO): The bill would link tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to increasing energy production on federal lands. If the President releases oil from the SPR, the Administration would be required to develop a plan to lease more federal lands for exploration and production.
- H.R. 4471: Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012 (Rep. Whitfield, R-KY): The legislation 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 would pause the implementation of certain EPA standards until six months after the report is submitted to Congress, in order to provide a better understanding of the costs and consequences of the rules.
- H.R. 4381: Planning for American Energy Act of 2012 (Rep. Tipton, R-CO): The bill 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.
- H.R. 4382: Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012 (Rep. Coffman, R-CO): The legislation would do the following: 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.
- H.R. 4383: Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act of 2012 (Rep. Lamborn, R-CO): The bill 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 would streamline and reform 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.
- H.R. 2150: National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act (Rep. Hastings, R-WA): The bill wouldcreate 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 (NPRA) are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
- H.R. 2752: BLM Live Internet Auctions Act (Rep. Johnson, R-OH): The legislation would give 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.
Along with resources made available by HEAT, the House Republican Conference’s “Win Your Debate Kit” on Energy and Gas Prices can be found here and may be helpful.
For questions or further information contact Sarah Makin
For additional information, contact:
The House Republican Conference Policy Office