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More Affordable Energy, Job-creating Solutions from Congress

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Location: Washington, DC

Herrera Beutler supports bill for more American energy

Today Jaime Herrera Beutler, member of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), joined a majority of her colleagues in successfully passing the "Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011." This legislation ends delays by the EPA in issuing energy exploration permits off the coast of Alaska.

Delays by the EPA with regard to offshore Alaska are costing this country a potential 1 million barrel-per-day increase in oil and thousands of jobs. A study by the Northern Economics and the University of Alaska suggests that 54,000 jobs could stem from deepwater exploration in the Alaskan region.

This bill does not require automatic approval of Alaskan deepwater energy exploration permits -- it just requires the EPA to make a final "yea" or "nay" decision on permits within six months. It does so by putting an end to the yo-yo within the EPA when it issues permits, only to have them rescinded by the agency's review board.

"We have two choices in this country: continue to get four-dollar gas from the Middle East, or make gas cheaper with more American energy and more American jobs. Southwest Washington continues to rely on cars and trucks to transport their families and move our economy -- but high prices are making that more difficult," said Herrera Beutler. "This bill respects the original intent of the Clean Air Act and respects the environmental and safety review process -- it simply puts an end to needless delays by the EPA and requires the agency to make a decision."

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