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Congressman Young Introduces Common Sense Legislation to Lower Gasoline and Fuel Prices Across the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today joined 12 of his House colleagues to introduce H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act.  The bill aims to ease the pain American families and business owners are facing at the gas pump by expanding the production of American energy resources across the country, including “facilitating the expeditious exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas from and through” the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPRA).

“The United States must continue to make progress in developing our many oil and gas resources across the nation, including offshore in areas like the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, to relieve the many growing pressures facing the American people,” said Congressman Don Young. “As gas prices rise and Alaskans and Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet, I believe this legislation will maintain pressure on the federal government to remove unnecessary roadblocks standing in the way of responsibly developing our nation’s natural resources.”

  • The Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act is a common sense plan to remove Obama Administration regulations in order to harness our American energy resources.  Specifically the bill:
  • Ensures that oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
  • Requires the Administration to move forward with new offshore energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources – including the Atlantic Coast and Pacific Coast.  
  • Increases offshore energy production by establishing fair and equitable revenue sharing of offshore revenues for all coastal states, including U.S. territories.
  • Reforms and further enhances the accountability, efficiency, safety and ethical standards of offshore energy operations.
  • Requires the Administration to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales that it has delayed or cancelled, including the Virginia Lease sale originally scheduled for 2011.
  • Reforms the leasing process for onshore oil and natural gas projects on federal lands to eliminate unnecessary delays.
  • Reforms the process for energy permitting, once a lease is in hand, to encourage the timely development of our federal resources
  • Sets clear rules for the development of U.S. oil shale resources.
  • Establishes common sense steps to create an all-of-the-above American energy plan using our vast federal resources.
  • Modernizes and updates the bidding process for oil and natural gas leases by allowing Internet-based auctions.

“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 OPEC.  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.”


BACKGROUND - Impacts of Obama Administration Energy Roadblocks:

  • Since President Obama took office, total federal oil production has dropped 6% and total federal natural gas production has dropped 28%. ALL of the increase in U.S. oil and natural gas production has been on state and private lands, not federal.
  • Since President Obama took office, total federal offshore oil production is down 13% and federal offshore natural gas production is down 47%.  
  • Over 87% of our offshore acreage is currently off limits to oil and natural gas production.
  • President Obama’s offshore leasing plan for 2012-2017 offers no new areas for lease and offers the lowest number of lease sales in history.
  • The Obama Administration has had the four lowest years of federal acres leased for onshore energy production going back to 1988

Sponsors of the H.R. 4899 include House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Represenatives Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Bill Cassidy (LA-06), Scott Tipton (CO-03), Bill Johnson (OH-06), Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large), Bill Flores (TX-17), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Rob Wittman (VA-01), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), and Rob Bishop (UT-01).

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