The GOP Congress will bring the following bills to the floor in May, one as early as today. This is the first shot in a battle that’s been a long time coming. We’ve watched for at least the last year while the President and his enablers have essentially shut down various elements of domestic energy production, first through a moratorium and then through a permitorium.
H.R. 1229 Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act. To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico.
H.R. 1230 Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act. To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.
H.R. 1231 Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act. To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that each 5-year offshore oil and gas leasing program offer leasing in the areas with the most prospective oil and gas resources, to establish a domestic oil and natural gas production goal, and for other purposes.
I suspect that many (most?) democrats will vote for them or vote “present.” Gas nudging up to $5.00 and beyond seems to be the point when most Democrats will become “domestic energy advocates.” They certainly were in 2008 and I suspect they will this year.
That leaves a few senators and the president in opposition to Congress and the majority of the American public.
Once again, I’ll remind you that it was Bush’s decision to open domestic drilling that got the price of gas below $3.00. Absent a similar, and unlikely, pronouncement from Obama I don’t think the price of fuel is going to get much cheaper any time soon.
It IS possible the world’s energy producers will believe the congress is serious and adjust prices accordingly but I’m not holding my breath.
Call you Congress critters and urge them to support these new bills.