As part of the Plan for America’s Job Creators and the American Energy Initiative, the Republican-led House has passed many bills to address high energy costs by boosting production, cutting red tape and streamlining the permitting process so we can create American-made energy more quickly. Three years of President Obama’s failed energy policies have left small businessesstruggling to stay afloat, and American families struggling to make ends meet. These bills will help address high gas prices – which have doubled on President Obama’s watch – making it easier for the private sector to grow and create jobs. Here’s a look at what Republicans have done to harness America’s resources, develop new sources of energy, and put Americans back to work:
PASSING A FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR MORE JOBS & AMERICAN ENERGY: The Obama administration’s five-year leasing plan blocks off 85 percent of America’s offshore areas, opens no new areas to energy production and provides for the fewest number of new lease sales in history. The House recently voted to replace the president’s plan (H.R. 6082) with “an environmentally responsible, robust plan that supports new offshore” production to help address energy costs and create jobs, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) explained in an op-ed in The Hill.
UNLOCKING AMERICA’S ENERGY RESOURCES IN ALASKA: The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act(H.R. 2150), passed as part of the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act(H.R. 4480), will create jobs and help lower energy costs by ensuring that resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) “are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner,” says Chairman Hastings. The PIONEERS Act (H.R. 3408) would open up a small portion of ANWR’s 19 million acres in the North Slope, an area that was specifically set aside by Congress and President Jimmy Carter for oil and natural gas development. And theJobs and Energy Permitting Act(H.R. 2021) would help end permitting delays by the Obama administration and unlock access to an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in Alaska.
REQUIRING THE ADMINISTRATION TO CREATE AN ALL-OF-THE ABOVE PLAN TO MEET AMERICA’S ENERGY NEEDS: The Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 4381) directs the Secretary of the Interior to develop an all-of the-above energy plan to meet America’s energy needs by establishing targets for all types of energy production on federal lands, including oil, natural gas, coal and renewables.
PROTECTING AMERICA’S ENERGY SECURITY: After years of blocking American energy, President Obama tapped the Strategic Petroleum Reserve last year in a transparently political – and ultimately ineffective - ploy to lower gas prices. The Strategic Energy Production Act(H.R. 4480) ensures that the Obama administration cannot once again tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve without taking steps to increase American energy production.
President Obama claims to support Republicans’ all-of-the-above energy policy, but has yet to urge Senate Democrats to act on these bills that are sitting on their doorstep. With gas prices once again on the rise, Senate Democrats ought to stop stalling these bills so they can be sent to the president for his signature. Learn more about the Republican jobs plan at jobs.gop.gov, and follow the progress of these bills by “liking” the American Energy Initiative on Facebook.