Recently the Obama administration made the decision to deny any new oil and gas drilling in our nation’s waters for the next five years. No doubt working on the assumption of re-election, President Obama has decided to continue on with his desire to completely destroy the oil and gas drilling industry in America and simply intends to not address new drilling permits or leases for the next five years, which is the balance of a two term presidency.
Some in Congress are attempting to continue on with presenting bills for job creation and energy production.
The subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing on Friday, November 18, in order to continue pressing for job creation through energy production in America.
The following press release was issued Monday:
On Friday, November 18, 2011, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a legislative hearingon four bills to expand American onshore and offshore energy production and create new American jobs.
The hearing will include the American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act to be introduced by Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) and the Alaskan Energy for American Jobs Act to be introduced by Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK). These two measures are part of the energy and infrastructure jobs bill announced by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) last week that will link expanded American energy production with initiatives to repair and improve infrastructure, permanently removing barriers to private-sector growth.
“Responsibly harnessing America’s abundant offshore and onshore energy resources will create millions of new American jobs, lower energy prices and generate new revenue to help pay for infrastructure improvements, thereby creating even more jobs. Good paying energy jobs and infrastructure go hand in hand. When new energy resources are developed, we’ll need updated infrastructure to bring it to market. By linking the two, we will not only create new energy jobs but also new infrastructure jobs – without raising taxes,” said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings. “These bills will remove government roadblocks that stand in the way of U.S. energy production, job creation and new revenue.”
The legislative hearing will also include two bills to expand U.S. oil shale production and prevent the Obama Administration from imposing job-destroying mining regulations.
The Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act to be introduced by Energy and Minerals Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) will set clear rules for the development of U.S. oil shale resources and promote shale technology research and development.
The Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act to be introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) will prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new rules or regulations on coal that will adversely impact jobs, revenue or the amount of U.S. coal available for consumption or export.