Capito Continues Call for Energy Action During Congressional Recess
Rep. Capito speaks at a press conference discussing the need for action on energy legislation, like the National Conservation, Environment and Energy Independence Act, a bill she recently introduced with a bipartisan coalition of Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Though Congress has been in recess since the beginning of August, the push for comprehensive energy legislation has continued. I recently toured a local well in Wirt County, the historic home to our state's oil and natural gas industry. And just yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives, I once again joined my colleagues in pressing the Speaker of the House to permit real debate and an up or down vote on comprehensive energy solutions.
Energy Production in Wirt County
Burning Springs is home to some of our state's earliest producing oil and natural gas wells, and now boasts one of the longest producing wells in the nation. I had the opportunity to visit Burning Springs last week, including a tour of the exhibits at Burning Springs Park which highlight the long-history of energy production in West Virginia.
Wirt County is clearly doing its part to help make our nation energy independent and we need to ensure that we have a national energy policy that does the same.
Calling for Action
The need for that comprehensive energy plan is why I was in Washington yesterday calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to let the House debate a truly comprehensive energy plan. It was also my message in a national radio address I delivered on Friday.
The consistent voices of West Virginians and citizens from across the country continue to put pressure on the Speaker, making it clear that they want action from Congress.
That's why I believe a bill I recently sponsored with a coalition of Democrats and Republicans holds so much promise. It would lift the ban on offshore drilling and use the royalties to help fund alternative energy resources and promote conservation. It would also invest in West Virginia's number one resource - coal - by promoting carbon capture and sequestration technology.
When Congress reconvenes, energy must be the number one issue. Yet, we need to make sure that we consider a truly comprehensive energy bill that seeks solutions and puts West Virginia energy front and center. It's time for us to get it right when it comes to energy independence.
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: Capito Right on 'All of the Above'
August 18, 2008
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. made an excellent point about energy on Saturday. Only an "all-of-the-above energy policy" will rescue Americans from the dilemma we face, she noted.
Capito was chosen to deliver the weekly radio address for Republicans in the House of Representatives. It was to be expected that she would slam House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for insisting on a five-week summer recess at a time when action on energy issues is needed.
Given Capito's realism, it also should have been expected that she would outline a sensible energy policy. She did. More drilling for domestic oil and gas, use of clean-coal technology, alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power, and energy conservation are essential, Capito warned.
Also on Saturday, Pelosi delivered a radio address. She said that Democrats also want what she claims is a "comprehensive" energy policy. She cited wind and solar power, along with energy conservation. She conceded that some new offshore drilling may be needed, though she added that "appropriate safeguards" will be needed. That's liberal code for "we'll make it so difficult no one can afford to do it."
Notice anything? Tick off the items on Pelosi's list and compare them to Capito's. Pelosi's is a pie-in-the-sky reaction - certainly not the "all-of-the-above" strategy being promoted by Capito and other conservatives.
It would be nice if the Pelosi liberals' recipe could work - even allowing for the fact that they have blocked many wind power facilities. But "nice" isn't how the world works. Americans cannot wish themselves out of our current energy crunch, no matter how much we try.
What is most worrisome about Pelosi and her cronies is that, as we have pointed out previously, they have the ability to stymie any president's energy plan. Even if the next president, whether he is John McCain or Barack Obama, bows to reality, Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and company can exercise what amounts to a veto by Congress.
This is a situation in which the liberals aren't just wrong - they're dangerous. Let's hope U.S. voters remember that in November.
Pushing for Renewable Energy Sources Bill
NBC 25 Online
West Virginia Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is continuing her push for legislation to address America's energy crisis.
Last month, she and several other members of a bi-partisan panel announced the bill, which pushes for more renewable energy sources like wind, nuclear and clean coal and calls for a lift on the off shore drilling ban.
Capito is one of the many Republicans frustrated that congress went on their summer break without addressing the high price of fuel.