Home > newsroom > Page
Natural Resources Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Offshore Drilling Legislation
Administration Refuses to Testify About Position on Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 8, 2009 - Tomorrow, the House Natural Resources Energy and Minerals Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The American Conservation and Clean Energy Independence Act” (H.R. 2227), a bipartisan bill to expand offshore drilling by moving forward with the 2010-2015 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease plan.  The bill is sponsored by Representatives Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) and Tim Murphy (R-PA).

Since taking office, the Obama Administration has delayed plans to increase American offshore energy production by mandating a six month delay on the 2010-2015 OCS lease plan.  As unemployment nears 10 percent and the Obama-Pelosi deficit tops $1 trillion, Republicans have called on the Administration to open additional areas to offshore drilling in order to create over 1.2 million jobs and generate $1.64 trillion in total federal tax revenue.  Unfortunately, the Administration has only responded with rhetoric – rather than real action to create more American energy and more jobs.

Tomorrow’s hearing is the perfect opportunity for the Obama Administration to prove that it truly supports a bipartisan plan to increase America’s oil and natural gas supplies. However, the Administration is not sending a single witness to testify and explain its position on this bipartisan offshore drilling bill and the status of the OCS lease plan.   Despite invitations from the Democrat majority, both Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, declined to testify or send other Administration officials to testify on their behalf.

H.R. 2227 is a step in the right direction, but Republicans will continue to call on Democrats to pass an all-of-the-above energy plan, like the American Energy Act, that includes development of renewable energy sources, such as nuclear, wind, solar, hydropower, and biomass, while also producing more American-made oil and natural gas. 

# # #

Print version of this document


Contact: Emily Lawrimore or Jill Strait (202) 226-2311

Latest News

Bishop: FWS Mimics EPA Tactics in Expansive Critical Habitat Proposal

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service announced the finalization of a new policy for defining and designating critical habitat under the Endangered Specie...... Read more

Committee Advances Bipartisan “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act”

Today, the Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3036 (Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-NJ), the “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act,” legislation designating the National September 11 Mem...... Read more

New York Times: How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico

To understand how Puerto Rico’s power authority has piled up $9 billion in debt, one need only visit this bustling city on the northwest coast. Twenty years ago, it was just another town with dwindlin...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

The Costly Impacts of Predation and Conflicting Federal Statutes on Native and Endangered Fish Species
Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans | 1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 87, H.R. 295, H.R. 1621 and H.R. 2817
Subcommittee on Federal Lands | 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
View All Events