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Ryan: Congress Must Address Energy Crisis Before Calling it Quits

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September 11, 2008 | Conor Sweeney (202-226-7326) | comments

WASHINGTON – Wisconsin’s 1st District Congressman Paul Ryan called upon his colleagues to address our incoherent energy policy before the end of the 110th Congress. With reports that the House Majority will bring an energy package to the floor for consideration next week, Ryan encouraged swift action on meaningful energy legislation. It remains unclear whether the House Majority’s proposal would allow for drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf, but it appears that their package would permanently lock up American energy in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Inter-Mountain Region. Ryan raised additional concerns with the continued inaction on encouraging new refineries and nuclear power plants. With the target adjournment date of September 26th fast approaching, there is increased urgency to enact comprehensive energy legislation.

Congressman Ryan strongly supports H.R. 6566, the American Energy Act, which takes an all-of-the-above approach to our energy crisis. The American Energy Act allows for environmentally-sound domestic drilling, streamlines the permit process for new refineries, boosts incentives for conservation and energy efficiency, and promotes the use of renewable and alternative energy. 

In response to the House Majority’s continued delays, Ryan issued the following statement:

“Congress must tackle our energy crisis before calling it quits for the year. With record home heating costs expected to hit Americans hard this winter, the energy crisis will continue to wreck havoc on our economy. Those I serve in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District have seen their paychecks eliminated from job losses in energy-intensive industries, while all Americans have had their paychecks stretched to limit by higher energy costs. Enough is enough.

“At a time when we send $1.5 billion a day to countries that are hostile to our interests, we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The American Energy Act represents a clear path toward a coherent energy policy that takes seriously our energy crisis. This bipartisan, comprehensive energy package would give our children a safer world, a stronger economy, and a cleaner environment. It is my hope that Republicans and Democrats can work together to address our nation’s most pressing energy concerns before the close of the 110th Congress.”

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