Congressman Paul Gosar Supports Legislation Targeted at Lowering Local Gas Prices

Apr 13, 2011 Issues: Energy and Public Lands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2011

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 Congressman Paul Gosar Supports Legislation Targeted at Lowering Local Gas Prices

Three bills, targeted at increasing domestic energy production, advance through House Natural Resources Committee 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee voted, with the support of U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (AZ-01), to advance three offshore energy bills that would increase American energy production, thus addressing rising gas prices in the state of Arizona and across the county.  H.R. 1229, H.R. 1230, and H.R. 1231, introduced by Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), are geared towards restarting offshore leasing, reversing the Obama administration's effective moratorium on new offshore drilling, and putting the Gulf Coast back to work.  The three pieces of legislation move on to the full House of Representatives, where a vote is expected sometime in the next month.

The average price of retail gasoline in the United States has increase over 90 percent over the past two years.  Last month, the average price for a gallon of gas in Arizona was at its highest level in 29 months.  Today, Arizonans are paying over $3.60 per gallon according to recent data compiled by AAA.    

“Rising gas prices are destroying local family budgets that are already stretched too thin,” said Gosar.  “My constituents are being hit by rising gas prices twice, once at the pump and then again at the store where he cost of items such as milk, eggs, and bread are skyrocketing because of the underlying fuel costs.  In addition, rising gas prices have a significant impact on family travel during the summer season.” 

“Arizona’s First Congressional District is home to countless popular vacation destinations such as the Grand Canyon National Park.  If gas prices continue to soar, our local communities could be hit hard by decreased tourism and fewer visitors,” Gosar continued.  “Congress must take action to increase domestic energy production and relieve the burden of high gas prices for Arizonans.”

Background Information from the Natural Resources Committee:

The Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act (H.R. 1229) would end the Obama Administration’s de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico in a safe, responsible, transparent manner by setting firm time-lines for considering permits to drill, which provide certainty and allow employers and workers to get back on the job.

The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R. 1230) would require the Obama Administration to move forward promptly to conduct offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that the Obama Administration has delayed or canceled.  Due to the Obama Administration’s actions, in 2011 there will be no offshore lease sales – the first time since 1958.

The Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act (H.R. 1231) would lift the President’s ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward in the 2012-2017 lease plan with energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources.

Establishes the production goal for the 2012-2017 leasing plan being written by the Obama Administration at 3 million barrels of oil per day and 10 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day by 2027—tripling U.S. offshore production and reducing imports by nearly one third.

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