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Energy Freedom Day Approaches-Battle Lines Drawing

September 1, 2008

GOP Rallies Around American Energy Freedom Day with only 34 days remaining until Americans can access own energy supplies.  
RSC Leads Effort to Prevent Democrat Ban on Drilling   
Washington D.C.- Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), and Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), former Chairman of the RSC, today issued the following joint-statement on the RSC led effort to protect American Energy Freedom Day on October 1, 2008.  Hensarling and Shadegg have secured 147 signatures urging the President to veto pro-active attempts by the Democrat controlled Congress to enact a new OCS ban of energy exploration.  


On October 1, the current prohibitions on energy leasing on most of the Outer Continental Shelf and on oil shale leasing on federal lands will expire – unless the Democrat controlled Congress proactively acts to extend them.  Chairman Hensarling and Rep. Shadegg are gathering signatures on a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on behalf of the millions of Americans currently feeling pain at the gas pump and seeking to increase production of American energy.  Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) is leading the effort in the Senate.  To date, 147 House Republicans have signed the letter, as have 39 Republicans in the Senate.

“On October 1st, the bans on offshore drilling and oil shale recovery will end, enabling us to finally be able to develop more American energy – unless Speaker Pelosi and Democrats in the House and Senate continue to actively block exploration.” said Hensarling.  “Utilizing these sources of American energy is needed to lower gas prices and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  In just over 30 days, on October 1st our nation will finally be able access our energy resources and bring down prices at the pump despite the efforts of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats."

On October 1, 2008, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008 (Public Law 110-161), prohibitions on energy exploration will expire, immediately making vast amounts of American petroleum and natural gas available for leasing activities, to the benefit of all Americans currently coping with high energy costs.  Estimates from the Minerals Management Service and the Bureau of Land Management indicate that there are upwards of 18 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil on the currently off-limit areas of the Outer Continental Shelf, as well as more than 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  Estimates of American oil shale vary widely but range from hundreds of billions of barrels to trillions of barrels of oil.

“Americans across the country are clamoring for Congress to allow the development of American resources to provide American-made energy. A tremendous amount of resources, locked up by Congress at the direction of extremist environmental groups, will become available on October 1st," said Shadegg.  "Not only will allowing these prohibitions to expire relieve prices at the pump, but it will decrease America's vast imports from often unfriendly countries overseas and instead provide much needed investment in the American economy through the creation of new American jobs.  Speaker Pelosi should refrain from playing election year games with an issue of such importance to the American people.”


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