Chabot Part of Bi-partisan Coalition Working to Increase Domestic Energy Independence
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) is part of a bi-partisan coalition of House members pushing legislation to move the nation further towards energy independence. Chabot supports the Fuel Choices for American Security Act (H.R. 4409), which sets aggressive, achievable goals for oil savings, speeds entry of 21st Century vehicles to the public, and embraces new, clean fuel choices and brings them to the market faster. Chabot is an original co-sponsor of the legislation, which was introduced in November 2005.
"I continue to believe we need to work in a bi-partisan fashion to address our nation's energy needs. This legislation, coupled with many of the provisions in last years energy bill, is an important step towards achieving energy independence," said Chabot. "We also need to take steps to provide consumers immediate relief at the pump through tax credits to offset the high costs currently burdening American families."
In 1995, President Clinton vetoed legislation containing provisions to open a small portion of ANWR to environmentally friendly drilling - estimates indicate domestic production could have increased by 20% and imports could have been reduced by almost 1 million barrels per day. Additional efforts to pass a more comprehensive energy policy had been stymied until last year.
Chabot noted that continued high gas prices show the impact the lack of a long-term energy policy has had on our nation. He also mentioned that while last years energy bill is not a perfect solution, if it had passed sooner we would likely be in a much better position than we find ourselves in today. Chabot said he also supports efforts to investigate price gauging by oil companies and has in the past supported legislation to make price gauging a federal crime.