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Boehner, Republicans Unveil American Energy Act

  • June 18, 2009
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Led by Congressman Boehner, Republicans in Congress today unveiled the American Energy Act, an "all of the above" energy plan designed to lower fuel costs, help create jobs, and promote a cleaner environment. Boehner said:
"The House Republicans' American Energy Act – not the Democrats' national energy tax – is the fastest route to a cleaner environment, lower energy costs, and more American jobs. The Democrats' national energy tax will be paid by anyone who drives a car, buys an American-made product, or flips on a light switch. That means a yearly average of $3,100 in higher energy costs for middle-class families – and fewer jobs for American workers. Instead of establishing a new tax that will only drive prices up further, the American Energy Act offers better solutions to bring them down. It does β€˜all of the above' by producing more American energy in an environmentally safe way, promoting the use of alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions, such as clean coal and nuclear, and encouraging increased efficiencies and cutting edge technologies to maximize America's energy potential."
More specifically, the American Energy Act supported by Boehner will:
  • Lift energy restrictions on ANWR, the Outer Continental Shelf, and oil shale in the Mountain West;
  • Renew America's commitment to clean and emissions-free nuclear energy by establishing a national goal of ordering100 new nuclear reactors over the next twenty years;
  • Invest in renewable and alternative sources of energy using revenue generated by the sale of energy leases; and
  • Encourage conservation through proven tax incentives.
A Fox News report highlighted the bill and its call for 100 new emissions-free nuclear power plants:
"The GOP proposal, dubbed the American Energy Act, sets a goal of nearly doubling the nation's nuclear power infrastructure by building 100 new plants in the next 20 years -- calling for streamlined construction regulations, additional tax incentives and lower trade barriers for utility companies. "The bill also focuses on more off-shore domestic exploration of oil, lifts barriers to government purchase of alternatives like oil shale and tar sands, and establishes a trust fund to encourage the development of other new energy sources."