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Energy Independence

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, the Congressional Research Service, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress, recently issued a report confirming a startling trend over the last 5 years: the amount of oil and natural gas being produced in this country is down on Federal lands and up dramatically on private and State lands.

The 1.1 million barrels per day increase in oil production from 2007 to 2012 that continues to make national headlines did not come from our national Federal lands. The boom in shale gas production that's providing unprecedented economic opportunities across my district and continues to make national headlines did not come from Federal lands. In fact, Mr. Speaker, natural gas production climbed 40 percent on State and private lands, while falling about 33 percent on Federal lands.

America's energy resurgence is before us today due to the innovation of our private sector, hardworking American men and women from all walks of life, but their efforts are hindered by the actions of this White House, as demonstrated by these figures.

With what has been accomplished by private individuals on privately held lands, just think how much sooner America can be energy independent if this administration joins this effort.

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