Pyle Urges Senate to Cut Red Tape on Energy Development

WASHINGTON — American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle sent a letter today to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell urging them to use the debate over the Shaheen-Portman bill to discuss policies that would cut red tape on American energy development. The letter reads:

The Shaheen-Portman bill will not grow the economy nor will it reduce energy prices for American families. At best, it will increase the government’s micromanagement of our daily lives, something Americans are growing increasingly concerned about. If the Senate intends to debate the Shaheen-Portman bill, it is imperative that there be a thorough discussion of policies to end the red tape that is shackling energy development in America. Here are some important issues that should be part of any discussion of an energy bill:

  • Electricity Security and Affordability Act. EPA’s GHG regulations will drive up electricity prices and according to EPA itself will not affect climate change in any meaningful way. Congress must step in to stop these regulations that provide no gain, but will further imperil our struggling economy.
  • American Energy Renaissance Act. Oil production increased by an impressive 61 percent on private lands between 2009 and 2013, but oil production fell on federal lands over the same time period.  Federal lands contain the largest known energy reserves in the world, but the federal government keeps these resources off limits. The AERA will allow for the development of some of these resources and rein in the red tape that is strangling our economy.
  • Encourage the exports of LNG to ensure that production of natural gas in the United States will remain strong, which will, in turn, keep prices low for American consumers.
  • Allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built. Getting more oil from Canada is in the national interest. It is that simple. It should not take five years to figure out if transporting oil from Canada in the most environmentally sensitive and economic way possible is a good thing. We cannot sit by and let the Obama administration continue to play politics when we could be getting people back to work.

To read the full letter, click here.

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