Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) released the following statement after the Associated Press reported that House Leadership will allow the ban on offshore energy exploration to expire at the end of the month:
"This is a common sense step toward making America energy independent and it's a victory for every West Virginian struggling to make ends meet due to the high cost of gasoline," said Capito.
"Now we must work together in a bipartisan manner to pass a comprehensive energy plan that includes West Virginia coal, taps our own domestic resources on and off-shore, and invests in the alternative and renewable energy resources of the future.
"As a member of the Bipartisan Energy Working Group, we introduced legislation that remains an important baseline for any discussion of our nation's energy policy, and I call on Congressional Leadership to return to the framework outlined in our bill.
"The cooperation we saw in our bipartisan discussions demonstrated that this issue does not have to be about Republicans and Democrats, but can be about finding consensus and solutions. Our plan would use the royalties generated from new offshore energy exploration to invest in the alternative and renewable energy sources we need.
"From establishing a carbon capture and sequestration reserve, to a renewable energy reserve, to investment in conservation, we can use revenues from offshore drilling as a bridge to the next best fuel and I will continue to advocate for these priorities as this discussion moves forward."