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Americans Deserve a Committee Focused on Real Energy Reform
As with any suggestion of a change in the status quo in Washington, my call for the establishment of an Energy & Natural Resources Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives (a position which I have held for over five years) has been met with some reservation. I am happy to continue the dialogue about why this is long overdue and welcome others to join the conversation. Representative Ed Whitfield recently announced plans to retire from Congress at the end of this term. Whitfield, who...Continue Reading...
Key Vote: Yes on Lifting Oil Export Ban
Oil Exports
Congress will soon vote on H.R. 702, a bill to lift the ban on oil exports. The American Energy Alliance supports ending the oil export ban and urges all Members of Congress vote in favor for H.R. 702. The oil export ban is an outdated and economically damaging policy. The statute is a relic from the 1970s. Technological advances, specifically in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, have given way to a domestic oil boom. Since 2008, U.S. oil production has increased more than 80...Continue Reading...
Rep. Pompeo's Ratepayer Protection Amendment Promotes Transparency
Press Releases
WASHINGTON -- The American Energy Alliance applauds Rep. Mike Pompeo's Ratepayer Subsidization Protection Amendment, which was adopted today into H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. This amendment promotes transparency by requiring utility regulators to study the effects that certain electricity-related subsidies have on ratepayers. AEA President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:
"We applaud Rep. Pompeo for recognizing and highlighting...
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It’s Time for a House Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that he would resign at the end of October. As a result, many in Congress are calling for new leadership to implement procedural changes to the House. For example, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes suggested that a new leadership team should implement new conference rules that would make the chamber more functional. And in a letter to House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Peter Roskam issued words...Continue Reading...
AEA & Coalition Applaud NC Legislature for Taking Action Against Costly Subsidies
Press Releases
Budget Agreement Sunsets Energy Tax Credits; More Work to be Done on REPS WASHINGTON -- The North Carolina legislature recently reached an ​agreement on a budget that phases out tax credits for industrial solar and other forms of more expensive, less reliable energy production. Known as the Renewable Energy Tax Credit, this subsidy harms North Carolina jobs and economic growth. In recent weeks, AEA led a coalition of local leaders and business owners to shine a light on the harmful...Continue Reading...
Clinton Panders to Enviros With Keystone Position
Keystone XL
WASHINGTON -- American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement after Hillary Clinton came out against the Keystone XL Pipeline: "Hillary Clinton’s statement on the Keystone pipeline gives us a rare window into how she would lead as our nation’s chief executive. It took Hillary six years, eight months, and a struggling presidential campaign to declare what we already knew--that she and her boss were never going to approve this routine infrastructure project...Continue Reading...
Congress Should Lift Oil Export Ban; Reject Green Subsidies
Energy Development
As Congress begins to tackle a plethora of legislative issues this fall, one particular issue has garnered broad support on both sides of the aisle: lifting the decades-old ban on oil exports. Representatives across the country have realized that the ban not only inhibits economic growth, but also prevents free trade and does nothing to advance energy security both at home and abroad. Rep. Barton has introduced H.R 702 , which would end the ban on oil exports, and other measures are being...Continue Reading...
Clinton’s Ethanol Plan Harms Rural America
Last month, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released her “Plan for a Vibrant Rural America.” Despite Clinton’s claims, her plan will harm rural families. Moreover, by mandating expensive transportation fuels, Clinton’s plan amounts to a national gas tax. Clinton Flip-Flopped on Ethanol “Gas Tax” As a Senator, Clinton once adamantly opposed an early version of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires refiners to blend rising amounts of biofuel into gasoline....Continue Reading...
Game Changer: The Federal Land Freedom Act
Energy Development
Thanks to developments in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, America is experiencing a modern energy renaissance. Oil production is at its highest levels in nearly twenty years, and natural gas continues to surge at a near-record pace. America currently produces more petroleum and natural gas than any other nation. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of this innovation is taking place on non-federal lands. Since 2010, oil and natural gas production on non-federal lands has ...Continue Reading...
States Show Best Path to Reject Obama’s Carbon Rule
President Obama recently announced the EPA’s final “Clean Power Plan,” the cornerstone of his radical climate agenda. The plan forces states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by closing down coal-fired power plants and generating electricity from more expensive sources. The administration has called on states to submit implementation plans indicating how they intend to meet emission targets, while many states plan to sue on the basis that federal bureaucrats have no right to dictate...Continue Reading...