THE ENERGY PROBLEM IS ONE WE CAN SOLVE -- (House of Representatives - July 24, 2008)
(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Mrs. BLACKBURN. Madam Speaker, the President lifted the executive ban on offshore oil and natural gas exploration last week, and now Congress, this Democrat-led Congress, is what stands in the way of increased domestic supply and lower prices.
Well, instead of taking steps toward a solution, the House Democrat leadership has said ``no'' to the American people: go buy a hybrid, take a subway to work. Well, in my Seventh District of Tennessee, that doesn't work, because mass transit is not there.
Congress should open up ANWR, the Outer Continental Shelf, and should promote the construction of oil refineries and nuclear power plants. We need a short-, a mid-range and long-term solution. We should provide tax incentives for American families to purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles and to promote energy innovation and efficiency.
Republicans have offered a bill that includes all of the above, promoting American-made energy in the short-, mid-, and long-range plan.
Let's solve this problem, Madam Speaker. It requires action now.