July, 2nd 2014
On June 26th, my colleagues and I worked to ease the pain at the pump for American families. By expanding critical opportunities for American energy production, we are trying to ease the financial stress that high gas prices bring. We have the ability to produce more American oil and natural gas and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. In order to get more Americans back to work and put more money back in hard working Americans’ pockets, we must continue to move forward with an “all-the-above” energy strategy.
While families around the country are hitting the road to get to work, school or a quick family vacation, the price of gas continues to rise. Gas prices are up and many experts are attributing it to violence in Iraq. The increase in prices is just one more burden placed on American families. According to AAA, the national average price of gasoline is $3.68—double what it was when the President took office.
It’s no surprise that rising costs for gasoline increases the price for almost all goods and services in our daily lives. The crisis in Iraq is just one more example of why we must become energy independent, build the Keystone Pipeline and enact policies that will encourage American energy production. It has been over five years – that’s 2,107 days – since the backers of the Keystone XL pipeline submitted their application to build this new energy infrastructure project. And while gas prices rise, the application is still gathering dust on the President’s desk.
This problem can be solved but the Administration doesn’t realize that their constant lack of leadership affects us on a global scale and trickles down to the American people. As tensions in the Middle East rise, so will gas prices here at home. We can have the stability and the lower prices if Keystone was approved and necessary policies were in place to support energy production here at home. My colleagues and I support a real “all-of-the-above’ energy strategy for the country. We can start with Keystone.
By delaying approval of the Keystone pipeline, the President is providing China with an opportunity to out-compete the U.S. and gain access to Canada’s rich oil supply. According to the Department of Energy, the pipeline would be able to move up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day, which represents the amount the U.S. imports from the Middle East. Four years ago, the President declared it a ‘Recovery Summer’ yet the country has yet to rebound under the President’s harmful policies. The State Department calculated that building the Keystone pipeline would add $3.4 billion in growth to our Nation’s economy.
While Keystone continues to be held up by the President, I voted for H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act. This bill would increase offshore production by requiring the Administration to move forward with new offshore energy production in areas containing an abundance of oil and natural gas resources. By responsibly developing these resources we can harness the oil and natural gas resources we have right here at home. The increase in offshore production from this bill would generate over $1 billion in new revenue of ten years according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and could create up to 1.2 million jobs long-term.
Ohioans are at the mercy of one of the highest gas prices in the country at almost $3.74 a gallon. Together with the Keystone Pipeline and the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an American that Works Act, we can address rising energy costs and help create good-paying American jobs while strengthening our economy. Next time you pull up to the pump, know that gas prices remain high due to the inactive Democrat controlled Senate. The House has said “yes” to American energy independence, and its time the President and the Senate follow our lead. Your opinions matter to me on this important issue, please contact my office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my Washington D.C. office at 202-225-6265