Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

Floor Speech

By:  Alan Nunnelee
Date: June 20, 2012
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. NUNNELEE. I would like to thank the chairman for yielding.

I rise in support of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. You know, America's been blessed with an abundance of natural resources under our feet and off our shores. We have the largest coal reserves in the world. New technologies are making it possible to unlock vast new reserves of oil and natural gas. We need to do everything possible to safely and responsibly develop those natural resources because doing so will create good, high-paying jobs, and it will improve national security by reducing our dependence on energy from unstable regions of the world.

Higher gas prices are a cruel tax. They're a cruel tax on hardworking men and women who are trying to find a way to get back and forth to work. Higher gas prices are a cruel tax on seniors living on a fixed income.

And unfortunately, this administration is full of people that are pushing a radical environmental agenda that's hostile to energy development. They believe the solution is to force the price of traditional energy supplies to skyrocket so that alternative green energy becomes artificially competitive.

Alternative energy should be a part of the mix. But the reality is that fossil fuels will be the main source of our energy for at least the next two generations, and it's fantasy to suggest otherwise.

Now we do support an all-of-the-above strategy, but that all-of-the-above strategy also includes an all-of-the-below strategy. We support developing those resources that are below our feet and off our shores. That's why I am proud to support the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.


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