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Week In Review
House Resource Committee 6/18/04
Renewable, Comprehensive Energy Policies
This week, the House passed a National
Energy Policy for the fourth time since
2001. The average price of a gallon of
gasoline has increased by more than 50
percent, from $1.34 per gallon to more than
$2.00 today, since the House first passed a
comprehensive energy policy in 2001. The
cost of home heating oil has increased by 33
percent and the cost of natural gas to heat
America's homes has skyrocketed by an
astounding 92 percent.
"Soaring energy prices act like a tax hike
on American families and our economy,"
Resources Committee Chairman Richard W.
Pombo (R-CA) said. "They slow economic
growth and slash consumers' disposable
income. That is why the House has acted
again - for the fourth time - to pass a
comprehensive energy policy. A few
obstructionists in the Senate apparently
never got the message the first three times.
We hope the fourth time is a charm."
The Renewable Energy Project Siting
Also approved this week was Chairman Pombo's
Renewable Energy Project Siting Improvement
Act, H.R. 4513. Passed by a vote
of 229 to 186, this bill streamlines the
bureaucratic review process to bring more
environmentally-friendly energy online in
"The House passed my bill to stimulate the
growth of renewable energy sources in
America," Pombo said. "By eliminating the
bureaucratic paperwork and red-tape involved
in siting renewable power projects, this
legislation will stimulate the growth of
environmentally-friendly energy sources in
America. We will create more good jobs in
America to boot."
For more information, view the
Victory for Recreation and Access
House Defeats Amendment Banning Snowmobiles
This week the House also voted to defeat an
amendment to the Interior Appropriations
bill that would have banned snowmobile use
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
"Common sense and balance between
preservation and access won the day," said
Chairman Pombo. "This was an arbitrary,
extreme, and unnecessary proposal that would
have locked the public out of these parks
and devastated local economies."
President Roosevelt eloquently stated the
intent of the park when he dedicated the
arch to the north entrance by saying, "This
Park was created and is now administered for
the benefit and enjoyment of the people...it
is the property of Uncle Sam and therefore
of us all."
For the joint statement from Chairman Pombo
and Wyoming Representative Barabara Cubin,
Sent to you by the
House Committee on Resources
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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