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It'd be an odd duck that opposes lowering gasoline prices.
While Americans might not agree on how to accomplish it, most would support the end result.
Congressman Don Young and a dozen of his colleagues in the House introduced a bill Thursday in support of exploration, production and transportation of oil and natural gas through the National Petroleum Reserve — Alaska.
Young portrays HB 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act, as a common sense plan to remove regulations preventing development of American energy sources.
“In order for America to prosper, we need access to reliable and affordable energy.The best way to create jobs and help address rising prices is to develop the American energy resources we have right here at home,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings said following introduction of the legislation.
“From offshore to federal lands onshore, America has the oil and natural gas resources necessary to make us a world leader in energy production, isolate ourselves from volatile price spikes, and free ourselves from the grip of (foreign energy sources).By unlocking our nation’s own resources, we can put over a million Americans back to work, breathe new life into our economy, and lower gasoline prices for American families and businesses.”
In the past six years, according to Young, federal oil production has decreased six percent and natural gas production has dropped 28 percent. All of the increase in U.S. oil and natural gas production has been on state and private land, he says.
Federal offshore oil production is down 13 percent and offshore natural gas production has dropped 47 percent in the same time period, says Young. The offshore leasing plan for the next three years offers no new areas for leases and offers the fewest number of lease sales in history, he says. More than 87 percent of offshore acreage is off limits to oil and natural gas production.
Alaskans support the development of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, realizing it can be accomplished without damaging the environment and an imprint as a result of development will diminish with time. Development would improve the economic and quality of life of not only Alaskans, but all Americans, providing jobs and likely lower prices for energy to power homes and automobiles.