"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Boehner Column: Soaring Gas Prices Prove It’s Time for an “All of the Above” Strategy on American Energy

This article from Speaker Boehner is what many Americans have been calling for with a plan for energy independence to drive the price of energy down.  If I had my way speculation in oil would end because people like the Koch Brothers are adding to the price of gasoline.  It seems there are some very wealthy people who are not content to be just a billionaire but want to make even more money on the backs of those who have to pay the high gas prices.  

There is no real public transportation where I live if you don't live in an apartment complex.  Mitt Romney and the Olympics took the money for the light rail from Norman to Oklahoma City which would have made sense to go from here to Bricktown and other areas of OKC.  You want to go to a Thunder game, you could hop on light rail and avoid the traffic and the parking, but that is not happening today and don't know if it will ever be back on the drawing boards.  

High gas prices hurt people living in Middle America because it is more spread out and almost everyone depends on their cars.  Like others, I admit I refuse to buy a small car preferring to stick with my Highlander which is the best vehicle I ever owned.  For the price of a gallon of gas not to be a part of the inflation number is joke because that along with groceries which are also not included are the basic items that people buy.    Instead they put in the cost of higher priced items like computers you might buy every few years if that.  

This Country needs a lot more energy independence is an understatement.  Building the southern part of the Keystone pipeline is a start and now time for the Obama Administration to approve the permit to build the northern part since Obama so heavily praised and tried to take some credit for the southern part being built.  Now is the time to walk the walk to match his rhetoric.  

Obama should also call off the attack dogs at the EPA with all of their insanity when it comes to rules.  Time for new refineries with all the new energy features to be built which in the end would make the cost of refining cheaper.  There is so much that can be done and time to quit sitting around calculating how it is going to affect a political campaign.  Throw out campaign rhetoric and do what is best for Americans.  

Energy independence could be just around the corner, if the politicians would work together to solve the problems of high energy prices.  Since that is unlikely to happen to in this poisoned atmosphere of a Presidential election year, then time for candidates to step up and demand energy independence instead of giving lip service.  This article by Speaker of the House Boehner is a good start and looking forward to seeing more of this, "All of the Above" Strategy on American Energy discussed in the days ahead from the people who are asking for our vote for House and Senate races.  
Boehner Column: Soaring Gas Prices Prove It’s Time for an “All of the Above” Strategy on American Energy



Mar 2, 2012

Washington
- Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing soaring gas prices and the need for an "all of the above" American energy strategy:



"Soaring energy prices are raising the cost of living on families and small businesses across the country, presenting our nation’s economy with yet another challenge as it struggles to return to lasting job creation and prosperity. And as with most of the challenges that have been thrown in our economy’s path in recent years, the misguided policies of our federal government are contributing directly to the problem.


"For decades, our country has stumbled along without a coherent national energy strategy. Big Government policies crafted in Washington by pandering politicians have kept America’s vast energy resources under lock and key, forcing us to become more dependent on foreign oil and leaving us vulnerable to the whims of overseas energy cartels such as OPEC.


"Such policies have also crippled the development and implementation of alternative energy sources in the United States, choking off royalties and revenues that could have been used over the years to promote the widespread use of new energy technologies such as wind and solar power.


"Policies blocking the responsible production of American-made energy have also stymied the creation of countless new and well-paying American jobs. Instead those jobs have been created in countries like Brazil – which, as I saw firsthand on a recent congressional delegation mission to Latin America, is more than happy to sell energy to the United States if we won’t produce it ourselves.


"We’ve seen the job-crushing effect of such Washington policies in Ohio on many occasions – most recently on February 29, when GenOn Energy announced that its plants in Avon Lake and Niles will be among eight energy plants nationwide that will be closed as a result of excessive government regulation. Reports indicate the company is unsure of how many, if any, of the jobs at those Ohio facilities it will be able to preserve.


"As recently reported by the Associated Press, the national average for regular gasoline is at the 'highest price ever for the end of February.' Ohio’s average price as of this writing is $3.77 per gallon. And some areas of the country are already flirting with $5.00 per gallon gas.


"Americans are fed up – not just with skyrocketing gas prices, but with Washington’s ongoing refusal to adopt a rational national strategy that will bring about genuine energy security for our country.


"This is why I and other Republicans for years have been focused on implementing an 'all-of-the-above' energy policy that promotes the responsible production of all forms of American-made energy – from increased domestic oil and gas production to the development and increased use of alternative energy sources, including solar, wind, and nuclear power.


"Early in 2011, at my direction, House Republicans launched the American Energy Initiative, a plan to help address high gas prices and create new jobs by increasing energy production. As part of that initiative, the House has passed legislation that would open the most promising areas off shore to responsible U.S. exploration and production; decrease delays in production permitting; encourage development of 1.5 trillion barrels of oil shale in the Rocky Mountain West; make available three percent of land in the Arctic coastal plain, known to be rich in natural resources; remove regulatory barriers to the development of renewable energy sources on federal lands; and require approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.


"These are just a few of the things that need to be done to improve our country’s energy security. When Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t even allow our 'all of the above' bill containing reforms such as these to be brought to a vote.


"I was encouraged recently when President Obama broke with the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate and expressed support – rhetorically, at least – for our 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy, after years of opposing such an approach. The weeks ahead will tell us whether the president has truly has become an advocate for 'all of the above,' or those were just empty election-year sound-bites.


"Over the last three years, the Obama administration has blocked, slowed, and discouraged the production of critical American energy sources. From an offshore drilling moratorium to a de facto one put in place through the permitting and leasing process, American energy and the jobs it creates have too often been shelved. It is my hope that the president and the Democratic leadership in Congress will reconsider their opposition to the 'all of the above' legislation passed by the House and work with us to create jobs and increase our domestic energy supply.


"A good place to start is the Keystone XL pipeline. While President Obama has in the past blocked this important project, the builder of the Keystone XL pipeline recently announced it will reapply for a presidential permit to bring oil resources from Canada into the United States. The current turmoil in the Middle East and its effect on gas prices reminds us how dangerous it is to rely so much on that region for our energy supply. To provide greater energy security, I have urged the president to change course and expeditiously approve the pipeline permit as soon as the application has been filed.


"We must act now. Americans can't wait for Washington to address our nation’s growing energy crisis. The Republican-led House has acted; now the Democrats who control the rest of Washington must follow suit."


http://boehner.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=283127


Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.

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