• ***NEW TODAY*** EIA Short Term Energy Outlook: Gulf of Mexico Production Down, U.S. Oil Imports Up
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    Mar 8, 2011 -
    Today, the Department of Energy’s independent U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released their latest Short Term Energy Outlook for projected crude oil production in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and net U.S. imports (see charts below). Despite the misleading comments made by Interior Secretary Salazar last week,... More
  • Unrest in Libya Could Spread to Other OPEC Members, Lead to Record Prices at the Pump
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    Feb 22, 2011 -
    *Source: Energy Information Administration Political turmoil in the Middle East, most recently in Egypt and Libya, is putting the United States’ already tenuous energy security on more fragile ground. The recent waves of political uprisings in Northern Africa and the Middle East have sparked concern of lost crude oil ... More
  • Obama Administration Pursues Anti-Energy Policies as Gas Prices Climb Higher
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    Jan 19, 2011 -
    Yesterday, the Associated Press reported on rising gas prices causing consumers to shift spending habits, which could directly curtail economic recovery: “Thursday's government report on retail sales indicates that consumers are skipping a restaurant meal or a movie because they have to spend more to drive…If the price... More
  • Reid-Boxer Omnibus Filled with a Hundred Bills, Billions of Dollars in New Spending
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    Dec 18, 2010 -
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Barbara Boxer are moving forward with their plan to pass a massive land, wildlife and water omnibus package in the final days of the lame-duck Congress. This colossal bill will cost billions of dollars and include over a hundred measures that will create new spending p... More
  • New Obama Drilling Plan Has Americans Seeing Red
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    Dec 1, 2010 -
    Today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar doubled down on the Obama Administration’s previous offshore drilling moratorium announced in March 2010, by placing EVEN MORE of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off limits to energy development. As the maps below illustrate, the Obama Administration has moved our country backwar... More
  • USGS: America Has Abundant Supply of Rare Earth Elements
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    Nov 17, 2010 -
    On the heels of a Wall Street Journal report outlining America’s dependence on China’s tightening rare earth element (REE) market, the USGS released a report today revealing 13 million metric tons of REEs exist within known deposits in 14 U.S. states. While the largest deposits exist in California, Alaska and Wyoming, ... More
  • Roundup of CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) Documents
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    Jul 30, 2010 -
    Statement of Republican Policy Amendment to H.R. 3534, the CLEAR ACT Republican Leader John Boehner America Facing Higher Energy Costs, Fewer Jobs Under Dems’ Energy Bill Boehner: Dems Exploit Gulf Tragedy for Job-Destroying Tax on American Energy House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence Pence Warns of Democrats... More
  • Federalization in CLEAR Act Usurps States Rights To Regulate Own Waters
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    Jul 29, 2010 -
    A massive federal power grab is included in the Democrat’s CLEAR Act in the form of a provision that requires the federal government to take over energy permitting in state waters. This is in response to the oil spill that occurred in federal waters and was supposed to be regulated by the federal government? It has abs... More
  • Eliminating Liability Limits Kills Independent Producers Could Cost 300,000 Jobs, $147 Billion in Revenue
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    Jul 29, 2010 -
    In a move that could further deteriorate the Gulf’s economy, the CLEAR Act would set unlimited liability on offshore operators. While there is bipartisan agreement on the need for Congress to address and adjust existing liability caps, the unintended consequences of completely eliminating the cap could cost hundreds of... More
  • Will the Senate Once Again Leave House Dems High and Dry?
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    Jul 29, 2010 -
    Although the House is expected to vote tomorrow on “oil spill” legislation (The CLEAR Act), things aren’t going as well over on the other side of the Capitol. According to The Hill: “Senate Democrats and Republicans appear on a collision course that would sink chances of passing oil-spill and energy legislation amid di... More
  • Ocean Zoning in CLEAR Act Kills Jobs Onshore and Offshore
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    Jul 29, 2010 -
    The CLEAR Act stretches far beyond the Gulf oil spill and offshore drilling by creating Regional Coordination Councils to implement marine spatial planning or “ocean zoning.” This could lock-up large portions of the ocean to fishing, energy production and other recreational activities. The mandatory zoning of oceans co... More
  • CLEAR Act Includes $30 Billion Mandatory Spending Increase, Entire Amount Open to Earmarks
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    Jul 29, 2010 -
    A hallmark of this Democrat controlled Congress has been the dramatic increase in spending, and they keep that tradition going strong with the CLEAR Act. The bill includes an over $30 billion increase in new, mandatory spending over the next 30 years for programs that are completely unrelated to the oil spill. Even mor... More
  • White House Continues to Exploit Oil Spill Tragedy to Push Cap-and-Trade National Energy Tax
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    Jul 29, 2010 -
    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs kept the dream of a cap-and-trade national energy tax alive this week by confirming that it’s still not too late to exploit the tragedy in the Gulf in order to push through this job-killing measure. On Tuesday during his press briefing, Gibbs said he wouldn’t rule out the possib... More
  • Democrats’ Offshore “Oil Spill” Bill Makes Significant Changes to Onshore Energy Leasing
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    Jul 29, 2010 -
    In yet another example of House Democrats exploiting the oil spill to pass unrelated legislation, the CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) makes fundamental changes to onshore federal energy leasing. This will not only affect leasing for natural gas and oil, but also for renewable energy like wind and solar. In addition, the new $22 ... More
  • CLEAR Act Exploits Gulf Oil Crisis, Contains Numerous Items Unrelated to Spill
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    Jul 28, 2010 -
    Despite reports that the latest version of the CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) is a “slimmed-down” bill, it still contains numerous provisions that are completely unrelated to the Gulf oil spill or reforms to offshore drilling. Democrats have publically admitted to using the oil spill as a political opportunity to pass unrelated... More
  • Democrats’ CLEAR Act Threatens Millions of Energy Jobs Throughout the Country
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    Jul 28, 2010 -
    While Americans continue to ask “where are the jobs?” House Democrats are preparing to pass legislation that will send even more American energy jobs overseas. The CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) puts the 9.2 million jobs supported by American oil and natural gas at risk by raising taxes, blocking American energy development, co... More
  • Taxation with Plenty of Litigation: CLEAR Act’s $22 Billion Energy Tax Kills American Jobs, Helps Foreign Oil, Costs Taxpayers Billions in Court Fees
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    Jul 28, 2010 -
    The CLEAR Act imposes a new energy tax costing $22 billion over ten years– with the taxes eventually climbing to nearly $3 billion per year. Specifically, it creates a new $2 per barrel of oil and 20 cents per million BTU of natural gas “conservation fee” with the revenue going towards unspecified purposes. “This is an... More
  • VIDEO RELEASE: Facts on Puerto Rico Statehood Needed Before, not After Vote on H.R. 2499
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    Apr 29, 2010 -
    In anticipation of today’s vote on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) released a video and accompanying fact sheets outlining concerns and questions about the proposed legislation. H.R. 2499 would provide for a two-step vote process in Puerto ... More
  • What Would Statehood for Puerto Rico Mean – the Need For Facts
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    Apr 28, 2010 -
    The House of Representatives is expected to soon vote on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act. This bill would provide for a two-step vote process in Puerto Rico on their future political status, including the option of becoming the nation’s 51st state. Puerto Rico is able to conduct its own local plebiscite or ref... More
  • Get the Facts on the Puerto Rico Democracy Act
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    Apr 26, 2010 -
    The Puerto Rico Democracy Act would authorize a federally-sanctioned plebiscite (vote) of the people of Puerto Rico regarding their political future. Currently, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory with Commonwealth status. Puerto Rico residents are U.S. citizens, but do not pay federal incomes taxes and are represented in... More
  • House to Consider “Puerto Rico Democracy Act” Next Week, Bill would Set up Vote on Potential 51st State
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    Apr 23, 2010 -
    Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act. This bill would authorize a federally sanctioned plebiscite (vote) of the Puerto Rican people regarding their political future. The bill mandates a two-step voting process. The first vote would allow the people... More
  • Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Hastings’ Cabin Fee Fairness Bill
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    Apr 21, 2010 -
    On Thursday, April 22nd the National Parks, Forest and Public Lands Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on the bipartisan Cabin Fee Act of 2010 (H.R. 4888) to establish a fair, predictable fee-setting system for families who own cabins in our National Forests. The bill was introduced by House Natural Resources... More
  • Fact Checking Interior Department Claims Regarding Public Lands Along our Border
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    Apr 21, 2010 -
    Claim: “Collaborative work between DOI staff and DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has allowed for border security infrastructure to be strategically located, including on federal lands, to meet DHS security requirement and goals.” (Deseret News, 4/14/10) Fact: While some infrastructure has been placed on federal ... More
  • A Year of Obama’s No-Energy Policies: Higher Prices, Less American Production, Increased Dependence on Foreign Sources, Fewer U.S. Jobs
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    Apr 1, 2010 -
    In light of yesterday’s disingenuous announcement by the Obama Administration on future Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas production, it is important to remember the history of anti-energy policies displayed by this Administration since nearly day one. The following is a timeline of the major announcements and energy... More
  • Facts & Maps on Obama Administration’s Plan to Lock Up the OCS
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    Apr 1, 2010 -
    President Obama did not open new lands to offshore drilling – all of these areas were already open for drilling once Congress and President Bush lifted the moratorium in 2008. Instead, President Obama yesterday announced what areas he would CLOSE to offshore drilling (see maps below). Under the President’s Outer Conti... More
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