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  • Hastings: Four-Dollar Gasoline Doesn’t Have to be Our Reality
    Floor Statements
    Jun 25, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following floor statement today in support of H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act. Mr. Chairman – Americans are all too familiar with the economic hardships caused by four-dollar gasoline prices. I routin... More
  • Upshot of Domestic Oil Boom: Fewer Shocks
    In Case You Missed It
    Jun 20, 2014 -
    As the Wall Street Journal article below notes, increased U.S. oil production is the best way to protect our country from volatile gasoline price spikes caused by international conflicts, such as the current violence in Iraq. Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will take further action to expand domestic energ... More
  • Republicans Propose Common Sense Plan to Lower Gasoline Prices and Fuel an America that Works
    Press Release
    Jun 19, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Reps. Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Bill Cassidy (LA-06), Scott Tipton (CO-03), Don Young (AK-At Large), Bill Johnson (OH-06), Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large), Bill Flores (TX-17), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Rob Wittman (VA-01), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Rob Bishop (UT... More
  • Witnesses Tout Benefits that America’s Energy Revolution is Providing to States and Local Communities
    Press Release
    Jun 18, 2014 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for States and Localities.” This hearing examined the great opportunities that America’s energy renaissance is creating for states and local communities. America’s surge in e... More
  • Mike Rowe: Work Hard AND Smart
    In Case You Missed It
    Apr 30, 2014 -
    Yesterday, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers.” The hearing examined the well-paying jobs opportunities for technical and skilled workers that have been created by the recent American energy boom. Mike Rowe, former host ... More
  • Work Hard AND Smart
    Press Release
    Apr 29, 2014 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers.” The hearing examined the well-paying jobs opportunities for technical and skilled workers that have been created by the recent American energy boom. Unemployment in the United S... More
  • ICYMI: Wall Street Journal OP ED: Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class
    Blog
    Apr 23, 2014 -
    OP ED: Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class Josh Mandel Wall Street Journal In American high schools, it is becoming increasingly hard to defend the vanishing of shop class from the curriculum. The trend began in the 1970s, when it became conventional wisdom that a four-year college degree was essential. As Fo... More
  • American Energy Renaissance Will Create Well-Paying Jobs for Women and Minorities
    Press Release
    Apr 8, 2014 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Women and Minorities.” The energy sector provides stable, well-paying jobs with an average salary much higher than other sectors. The hearing examined the growing opportunities for women and min... More
  • ICYMI: Federal Onshore Leasing and Permitting at Lowest Levels in Decades
    In Case You Missed It
    Apr 8, 2014 -
    This week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new data showing that federal onshore oil and natural gas leases and permits are at the lowest levels in more than a decade. According to the data: BLM leased 1.2 million acres in 2013, down from 1.8 million acres leased the year before and the smallest area since... More
  • California’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil
    Resourceful Information
    Apr 3, 2014 -
    Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a hearing on California energy and the drastic increase in foreign oil imports. The state has significant opportunities for energy production, including California’s Monterey Shale that the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that contain... More
  • Hastings: Republican Budget Prioritizes American Energy to Create New Jobs and Increase Revenues
    Press Release
    Apr 1, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement praising the Republican budget released today by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: “The Republican budget is a responsible plan to cut spending, lower the debt, and ensure long-term job and economic growth. It prio... More
  • House Approves Bill to Ensure Affordable Electricity for American Families and Businesses
    Press Release
    Mar 25, 2014 -
    Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229-192. Sponsored by Representative Bill Johnson (OH-06) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), this important legislat... More
  • Hastings Makes Second Request for Unredacted Stream Buffer Zone Rule Report, Urges Interior’s OIG to Uphold Responsibility to Congress
    Press Release
    Mar 13, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) sent a letter to Department of the Interior’s Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall once again requesting an unredacted copy of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement’s (OSM) efforts... More
  • Obama Administration Lackadaisical Regarding Hiring and Retention Challenges with Key Oil and Natural Gas Jobs
    Press Release
    Feb 27, 2014 -
    On Thursday, February 27th, 2014 the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “Obama Administration Oversight: GAO Report – Interior Hiring and Retention Challenges.” In a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), key positions within the Department of the Interior th... More
  • ICYMI - Fox News: "Domestic energy execs ask Congress for help in hiring vets"
    Blog
    Feb 26, 2014 -
    Domestic energy execs ask Congress for help in hiring vets, including changes to GI Bill By Fox News 2/26/14 U.S. energy executives asked Congress on Wednesday to consider reworking the GI Bill and to take other steps to better connect the legions of job-seeking military veterans with tens of thousands of high-paying j... More
  • Video Release: Pres. Obama and Democrat Senate Should Act on House Legislation to Create Millions of Jobs
    Press Release
    Jan 31, 2014 -
    During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama once again talked about the need to create American jobs. However, we’ve heard that before. Despite the repeated promises, the most recent jobs report painted a much more realistic picture of the President’s efforts. The economy added only 74,000 jobs, far le... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on the President’s State of the Union Address
    Press Release
    Jan 28, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union address: “Despite President Obama’s repeated claims of making job creation and economic growth a priority, the reality is that he has actively chosen to ignore the economic poten... More
  • The Importance of Coal in America’s Energy Portfolio
    Blog
    Jan 15, 2014 -
    America can count on reliable and affordable electricity from coal for the foreseeable future. This will only happen if the Obama Administration stops its constant attacks on this abundant resource. In 2013, coal provided America with 40% of America’s electricity while providing countless direct and indirect jobs. Many... More
  • Witnesses, Members Agree Now is the Time for Seismic Exploration in the Atlantic OCS
    Press Release
    Jan 10, 2014 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing entitled “The Science Behind Discovery: Seismic Exploration and the Future of the Atlantic OCS.” This hearing examined the technological advancements in seismic technology, continued delays by the Obama Administration for seismic research... More
  • Chairman Hastings Looks Ahead to 2014
    Press Release
    Dec 12, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement at today’s Full Committee hearing previewing several activities and focuses for next year: “Before proceeding with today’s hearing, there are several general announcements that I would like to make regarding Committee busi... More
  • NEW Study Shows Job & Economic Surge from Increased Offshore Energy Production
    Blog
    Dec 5, 2013 -
    A new study released today shows that increasing America’s offshore energy production in the mid and south Atlantic will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and drastically grow America’s economy. “Today’s study further confirms that increased offshore energy production will create American jobs, spur economic gr... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Duplicative Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations are Unnecessary, Will Cost American Jobs
    Floor Statements
    Nov 20, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 2728, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act: “Mr. Chairman, the Obama Administration is once again attempting to block new American energy production – ke... More
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: The Key to American Energy, Jobs
    Blog
    Nov 20, 2013 -
    Shale oil and natural gas activity contributed over 1.7 million jobs in 2012 and will increase by over 45% to almost 2.5 million jobs in 2015. 500,000 non-oil and natural gas manufacturing jobs are supported by shale oil and natural gas. The Obama Administration's proposed federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing w... More
  • Business Groups, American Energy Producers & States Call for Passage of House Hydraulic Fracturing Legislation
    Resourceful Information
    Nov 20, 2013 -
    Today, the House of Representatives will consider of H.R. 2728, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote Energy Security Act. Over 27 groups from across the country are calling for passage of this bipartisan legislation that protects American jobs and prohibits the Interior Department from enforcing federal hydraulic f... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement at Conference Committee Meeting on WRRDA
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Nov 20, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement today at the Conference Committee meeting on the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA): “Thank you Madam Chairman. I’m pleased to be here as we open this conference committee on this important legislatio... More
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