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Congressman Kline Supports Legislation that Taps into 10.4 Billion Barrels of Oil

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Kline supports legislation that taps into 10.4 billion barrels of oil

Bill increases America's energy supply, embraces renewables

Congressman John Kline continued supporting legislation that will increase America's energy independence by co-sponsoring the American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act, which will create an environmentally sound program for the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources on the Coastal Plain of Alaska. This legislation would reduce oil prices by allowing the U.S. to tap an estimated 10.4 billion barrels of oil and use the resulting revenue to fund a wide array of existing renewable energy initiatives.

Under the Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act, ANWR oil lease revenue would fund existing, congressionally authorized programs that have been not yet fully funded. These programs include solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, biomass, cellulosic biofuel, and marine energy programs.

"This legislation increases American-made energy supply and embraces renewable energy as well," said Congressman Kline. "Developing America's largest untapped oil field in an environmentally responsible way is yet another major step Congress should take to reduce our dependence on Middle East oil."

This month, Congressman Kline has been visiting energy facilities throughout Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District to receive updates from energy officials about the variety of new, clean, and reliable sources of energy being produced in Minnesota. Congressman Kline has visited Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount, the Hastings Hydropower Plant at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Mississippi River, the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Welch, a Red Wing "energy from waste" facility, the Carleton College Wind Turbine in Northfield, and Faribault Energy Park. To learn more about his energy tour stops and view photos, please visit Additionally, Congressman Kline has visited transit and gas stations where he can hear from constituents and learn how the rising cost of gasoline is affecting their daily lives.

In order to increase domestic production in all forms, Congressman Kline continues to support legislation that:

* Embraces renewable energies like wind, solar, biomass, and biofuels
* Advances clean and affordable nuclear power
* Allows domestic oil exploration and production in environmentally responsible ways
* Builds new oil refineries
* Employs clean-coal technology
* Encourages conservation

In his third term in Congress, Congressman Kline is a member of the House Ethics Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and the Armed Services Committee.

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