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Mr. LAMBORN. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. This energy package will unlock some of the vast resources this country has been blessed with, create stable jobs to put Americans back to work, and ensure America's energy security for the future.
While President Obama believes that the private sector is doing fine with an unemployment rate of over 8 percent and 23 million Americans looking for work, more Americans on food stamps than ever before, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us far too many Americans are not doing fine. And while private sector oil and gas are booming, our Federal lands are left behind.
Rather than encouraging and implementing policies that will create jobs for Americans, the Democrats and the Obama administration unfortunately support antienergy, job-destroying policies and have refused to
act on or have reversed policies that would have created jobs for Americans and allowed for the development of American-made energy.
The Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012 takes the steps necessary to increase production of American-made energy and creates stable jobs for Americans. The plan, lease, permit provisions from the Natural Resources Committee in this legislation requires the administration to create a definitive, all-of-the-above, 4-year production plan to ensure American production of conventional--and, yes, renewable--energy to meet our energy needs.
While the administration has been unwilling to make land available for energy production, this legislation requires that they annually lease land for onshore development to ensure that the energy production process moves forward. It also streamlines the permitting process to ensure the expeditious and timely permitting of approvals. The legislation also ensures that understaffed and underfunded BLM field offices receive the funding they need to keep up with their workloads.
In addition to these reforms, this legislation opens one of our most promising areas for energy production: the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, which would expand American energy production and support current energy jobs for Alaska.
Finally, this legislation brings oil and natural gas leasing into the 21st century by allowing the BLM the authority to conduct Internet lease sales.
This legislation will take huge strides in securing our Nation's energy future. It will lessen our dependence on foreign sources of oil and create good-paying jobs for Americans across the country.
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