CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 6, ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - July 28, 2005)
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Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the conference report for the Energy Bill.
Americans need an abundant supply of energy to maintain a high quality of life and sustain our economy.
This comprehensive bill helps provide for our Nation's energy needs by encouraging domestic energy production.
America has become too dependent on foreign oil, making our consumers subject to volatile prices and the whims of often hostile, antidemocratic leaders. We have seen the consequences as oil and gas prices continue to rise. The price of imported oil recently reached record levels of $60 a barrel. That is a full $10 more than six months ago and nearly $20 more than two years ago. I am well aware of the hardships this causes for consumers, workers and our economy.
In my district in California the cost of gasoline has risen to $2.89 a gallon. Many of my constituents commute to Los Angeles, which is 60 miles away. Many others are truckers who depend on stable gasoline prices to put food on the table. These hard-working people are affected daily by our country's dependence on foreign oil.
Nobody should make false promises that gas prices will immediately be lowered.
This bill is not a quick fix, but it includes important provisions to help meet our country's energy needs, while also promoting energy efficiency, conservation and diversification, including incentives for alternative sources like ethanol, solar and wind.
By decreasing our dependence on foreign oil and expanding production of alternative sources, we are not only protecting consumers and protecting our national security, but we are also protecting our economy by creating perhaps one million jobs.
Improving our Nation's energy efficiency and cost efficiency is a bipartisan issue.
I am pleased to support H.R. 2419 for the economic and national security of our country.
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