Rep. Miller: Long Past Time to Address our Nation's Rising Energy Prices
June 20, 2012
"Our economy is struggling, the American people need jobs and too many families are struggling under the burden of ever rising energy prices. It is certainly time -- long past time actually -- for the federal government to act and today this House will act. This nation has been blessed with so many energy resources, just vast energy resources, that if we actually advantaged ourselves of we could meet all of our nation's energy needs; We could create countless jobs, good paying jobs right here at home; We could provide needed funding to our federal treasury, expand our economy, and make our nation more secure. But unfortunately we don't do that. In fact we are nearly the only nation on the face of the planet that does not take advantage of our energy resources. Instead we unfortunately have made the choice to rely on foreign sources of energy to meet many of our needs, many from unstable or unfriendly nations to whom we export literally hundreds of billions of dollars of our national wealth each and every year. And we bypass the opportunity to create needed jobs here at home.
"This absolutely needs to change. While President Obama talks about an "All-of-the-Above" energy strategy, his actions tell a different story. While exploration for oil and other energy resources is up overall, it has been reduced on lands under federal control under this Administration. And this Administration's EPA has made the coal industry public enemy number one, even though it is the cheapest and most abundant source of electricity generation in our nation.
"Today this House will act on a true "All of the Above" energy strategy. This legislation will streamline and remove government red tape as hurdles to energy production. It will require our nation to put forward goals for production of all energy sources, including oil, natural gas, coal and renewables on federal lands. It will make the permitting process easier; it will open new areas to exploration and development both onshore as well as offshore. This legislation will lower energy prices for hard pressed consumers; it will create good paying jobs here at home, and it will enhance our economic security and national security. I urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting this critical legislation."