Congressman Bill Shuster released the following statement after House Republicans introduced a comprehensive energy solutions plan, the “American Energy Act of 2009.”
“Times are tough and higher energy prices are the last thing my constituents need, but it’s déjà vu all over again,” Shuster said. “Gas prices are on the rise, hitting an eight month high today. Instead of acting to make energy cheaper for consumers the Democrats want to make matters worse with a huge national energy tax.”
Higher prices are exactly what Speaker Pelosi, the President and their liberal allies in Congress are planning to force on the American people by way of a massive national energy tax masquerading as a climate change bill. If their climate bill moving through Congress becomes law energy prices would, in the President’s own words, ‘necessarily skyrocket.’
Energy prices for the average Pennsylvania family will jump $3,100 a year and some estimates suggest over a million jobs would be lost as manufacturers ship their plants to countries with less stringent environmental regulations, hurting American workers and the environment. Even the liberal leaning Brookings Institution agrees that this plan will hurt our economy.
“America cannot afford the Democrats’ national energy tax. I am proud to support the American Energy Act, a Republican energy solution that offers affordable energy, more jobs here at home, and a cleaner environment without punishing consumers and energy producers,” Shuster said.
The American Energy Act is focused on investing in our vast natural domestic energy resources and safe emissions-free nuclear energy. According to the Department of Energy, the safest and most efficient way for utility companies to control carbon emissions is to increase their supply of nuclear energy. The Republican plan lays down a national goal of licensing 100 new nuclear reactors over the next twenty years by streamlining a burdensome regulatory process and ensuring the recycling and safe storage of spent nuclear fuel.
“It’s simply hypocritical that the President believes Iran can have a nuclear energy program while his administration won’t support building a new nuclear plant here at home,” Shuster said. “Nuclear energy is clean, safe and reliable and it will help build a bridge to a new domestic energy economy.”
The Republican plan would also increase domestic supply by lifting restrictions on the Arctic Coastal Plain, the Outer Continental Shelf, and oil shale in the Mountain West. Revenues generated through domestic production will support innovation in renewable and alternative energy sources, like wind and solar technologies.
“I hope Congress will reject the Democrats’ dangerous and misguided national energy tax, and consider the responsible Republican alternative,” Shuster added.
Breakdown of the American Energy Act: