Democrats' Energy Déjà Vu
Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after the Natural Resources Committee held its first hearing on the CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534) -- a bill full of bureaucratic roadblocks to American energy production and job creation.
"As we near 10 percent unemployment, why would Democrats introduce a bill that makes it harder to create new jobs and produce energy? I'm having déjà vu as this bill's roadblocks almost mirror the recently passed national energy tax.
"When lawmakers make it harder to produce American energy, they also make it harder for the 14.9 million unemployed Americans to find energy jobs and afford American energy to fuel their homes, cars, farms and factories.
"Instead of promoting roadblocks, I hope the Speaker instead considers our all of the above' energy approach that promotes alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions, encourages increased efficiencies, advances cutting edge energy technologies, and ultimately produces American energy with American workers in an environmentally safe way," said Congressman Paul Broun.
The Clear Act creates another new federal government office (Sec. 101). A new bureaucratic office within the Interior Department would be responsible for all renewable and non-renewable energy and mineral leasing activities on federal land.
Secondly, the Clear Act creates more regional red tape on OCS Development (Sec. 602). This provision will delay oil and natural gas production and job creation on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) by adding additional steps to the already lengthy process
Thirdly, the Clear Act requires duplicative reviews (Sec. 308). This provision will stall oil and natural gas production by forcing companies to repeat National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) analyses.