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Congress Must Not Recess Without a Real Energy Debate


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Congress Must Not Recess Without a Real Energy Debate

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As Congress rapidly approaches the annual August recess, I continue to be disappointed that we have yet to consider any comprehensive legislation to address the issue that remains the top priority for almost all West Virginians - the high price at the pump.

West Virginians Deserve a Real Debate on Energy

With the recent lifting of the presidential ban on offshore energy exploration, responsibility now falls to Congress to act. Yet, the House of Representatives has yet to have any real debate or vote on a broad-based energy plan. This has to change.

It's clear that we must increase our supply of domestic energy resources, which should include domestic oil exploration on and offshore, investment in clean coal technology, new renewable energy resources and conservation efforts.

In fact, expanded oil exploration could help fund our investment in renewable energy. Estimates suggest that the United States would benefit from more than $2.5 trillion in royalties from expanded offshore drilling. Even a small percentage of that funding could provide tens of millions of dollars for investment in clean coal technology, or renewable resources.

It's well past time for a discussion of real solutions, and I will continue to push for comprehensive energy legislation in the weeks and months ahead. As Americans, and West Virginians, we can - and we must - be more self-reliant when it comes to energy.

WASHINGTON - Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives this week, calling for a full debate on comprehensive energy legislation. Capito is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers seeking to develop a consensus solution to our nation's energy challenges. To watch Shelley's remarks, click here.

Legislation Protects More Than $100 Million for Highway Trust Fund

This week the House of Representatives also considered and passed legislation that will protect approximately $119 million in federal Highway Trust Fund resources for West Virginia's highways and transportation infrastructure.

Maintaining our roads and highways is incredibly important and thankfully the bill we passed this week will prevent a $1.4 billion shortfall in highway funding nationwide.

As always, please don't hesitate to contact my office if I can be of any assistance. It is an honor to serve you.


Member of Congress

In Case You Missed It...

Editorial: Manchin, Capito Right About Coal
Wheeling News-Register
July 22, 2008

Former Vice President Al Gore is correct about one thing. "The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk," he said last week.

But what Gore won't admit is that if the nation pursues the agenda he is pushing, Americans will pay dearly.

Unfortunately, too many policy makers and public opinion molders seem to be in Gore's corner. It's too bad they aren't paying attention to more thoughtful, realistic leaders such as West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin....

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., also understands the need for the United States to rely more, not less, on coal. She has proposed legislation that would boost the coal liquefaction industry in much the same way as an existing law has helped ethanol producers.

Gore's reaction to proposals such as those by Manchin and Capito has been flat, unquestioning rejection. He is proposing that the nation engage in a massively expensive 30-year program to eliminate use of all fossil fuels. He claims the price tag would be $1 trillion - but that undoubtedly is just a fraction of the true cost of what he proposes.

The former vice president believes - or claims he does - that it is possible for Americans to rely solely on sources of energy such as wind solar power, within 30 years. That is absurd. It also is dangerous. Putting the nation's energy eggs into Gore's basket would cost enormous sums of money - and leave Americans not just in debt, but also without the liquid and gaseous fuels that are essential to our society and economy.

Wishful thinking such as that advocated by Gore already has gotten Americans into a serious problem involving energy. He's right about just one thing: our very survival as a prosperous nation is at risk if rational ideas such as those advocated by the likes of Manchin and Capito are not heeded.

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