Congressman Gibbs Named a Leader in Helping America Become Energy Independent

January 28, 2015
Press Release

“I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the bill because it is simply common-sense. As you know, The U.S. is now the largest producer of natural gas in the world and has proven gas resources to supply our needs for decades to come. This is an achievement that we have reached despite roadblocks and delays from the executive branch. The latest delay is the Department of Energy’s rule from last summer to holdup export terminal applications. This important bill streamlines the review process for LNG exports by requiring a timeline for making a decision and making agencies work together on the review. This is a common-sense change, Mr. Speaker. Innovations in the harvesting and production of natural gas have cut energy bills for families across the country. Those same innovations have also made it affordable to ship LNG across the globe.

“The responsible and safe development of our natural resources through new technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, have begun an energy and manufacturing renaissance in America. And who is feeling the benefits? American families and businesses with an affordable and reliable energy supply. But that could all end unless we let the free market work. Let’s end the Administration’s de facto ban on new exports. Let’s get the government out of the way and give our American innovators a chance to work. Mr. Speaker, my district, the state of Ohio, and the entire nation will reap the benefits of more jobs, increased pay, and lower energy costs if we pass this bill. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 351 and end the self-imposed restrictions on LNG exports. I thank the gentleman for the time, and yield back.”


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