Yesterday, Representative John Linder (R-GA) became an original co-sponsor of energy legislation that will lower Americans' energy prices and move the United States towards energy independence. He was joined by 84 of his colleagues in the House.
"I truly believe that the only thing standing between the American people and lower energy prices are the Democrat Majority and Speaker Nancy Pelosi's willingness to act on such legislation. The American people are looking to Congress to solve skyrocketing energy prices, and, so far, Congress has done little to alleviate the problem. The American Energy Act will show the American people, and the rest of the world, that the United States is serious about energy independence and is willing to take the necessary steps forward."
H.R. 6566, the American Energy Act, consolidates a number of legislative proposals into one streamlined piece of legislation. H.R. 6566 will allow exploration of deep water ocean resources and the Arctic coastal plain, which is estimated to produce an additional 4 million barrels of oil per day, as well as 76 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. In addition, this legislation will provide tax incentives across the board to Americans who promote energy efficiency, whether from the cars they drive to how they run their businesses. More importantly, H.R. 6566 allows the United States to begin developing our vast coal resources by repealing Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 which hinders the development of coal-to-liquid technology. The US Geological Survey estimates the total identified coal resources in the United States as being 1,600 billion tons.
"For too long Congress has allowed Americans to be held hostage by oil rich nations. We have vast amounts of domestic resources just waiting to be tapped. We are to coal what the Middle East is to oil. Why are we not utilizing this asset? This bill will remedy that and a host of other shortcomings in our national energy policy. This bill is a big step in the direction I have advocated for years, total energy independence, and I am excited to see the American people embrace it."
Linder represents Georgia's Seventh Congressional District which includes Gwinnett, Walton, and Barrow counties, as well as parts of Newton and Forsyth.