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Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. HARE. I thank the chairman.

Mr. Speaker, my constituents are frustrated and angry by rising energy costs and the impact on their businesses, their grocery bills, and their everyday lives. Today, we respond to that frustration and anger by considering the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act. I rise in strong support of this legislation that increases our domestic energy supply, invests in alternative fuels, and ends taxpayer subsidies for big oil companies.

This important legislation includes several provisions to move us towards a 21st century energy policy. My friends on the other side of the aisle have called for increased drilling to capture more of our domestic resources. The bill does just that.

Advocates for the environment have called on oil and gas companies to produce oil on Federal land to which they already hold leases or give up those leases. This bill requires them to do just that.

After learning last week of the corrupt relationship between Big Oil and the Bush administration's Minerals Management Service, this bill strengthens oversight of the Interior Department.

Most importantly, this bill launches a clean renewable energy future that creates new American jobs, specifically in my home State of Illinois.

If this comprehensive bill isn't an all-of-the-above response to energy prices, then, quite frankly, I don't know what is.

Mr. Speaker, I am proud of every energy vote I have taken in the 110th Congress, from addressing oil speculation abuses, cracking down on price gouging by Big Oil, improving public transportation options, releasing millions of barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, to increasing fuel economy standards in our vehicles and providing relief for consumers at the pump.

The Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act pulls many of these measures together, moving us closer to ending this energy crisis and establishing real energy independence.

I urge all of my colleagues to support this incredibly wonderful piece of legislation.


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