US137 - Develop America's Energy Reserves
- The U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that puts most of its shoreline and vast areas of wilderness out of reach for energy developers. The Obama Administration has given mere election-year lip service to expanded exploration while erecting every possible barrier to action.
- We will never have an opportunity for energy independence without safely using known U.S. deposits of oil and natural gas.
- Tommy Thompson will support legislative action to open areas of shoreline in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to oil and natural gas exploration and production.
There is no quicker path to American jobs than American energy. Tom knows we need an energy policy that brings all options to the table to reduce costs and reduce our dependence on foreign sources. The Marcellus Shale, American oil, and clean coal are tremendous opportunities to bring the cost of energy down and create jobs.
The United States uses approximately 20 million barrels of oil per day. We domestically produce approximately 5 million barrels per day. Our domestic production has been steadily decreasing since the 1970’s when we produced 9.5 million barrels per day. Renewed domestic production is not simply a matter of oil prices but a matter of domestic job production. Increased exploration, discovery and production of our own domestic natural resources is a proven job creator. Locally, western Maryland has proven natural gas reserves and the development of these resources would create well paying jobs and needed income for the citizens of Maryland. We must prioritize domestic production of our own natural resources by expanding permitting while maintaining sound and reasonable environmental standards.
We must, without delay, expand our access to domestic sources of energy. Today’s technologies allow for greater efficiencies in resource extraction and greater environmental protections. Concurrently, we should continue to explore and invest in new technologies that will help power our cars and light our homes in the future.
With 162,000 jobs at stake along Washington state’s coast, I have long fought against attempts to open west coast waters to offshore drilling and increased tanker traffic. For four years, I fought to pass legislation to protect Washington’s waters from oil spills, and in 2010 the persistence paid off when President Obama signed those safeguards into law. As a result, oil spill response equipment, such as booms, barriers, and tugs are now stationed throughout Washington ports including along the once-neglected, busy shipping lane of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After the tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, I introduced legislation that would prevent any future drilling off the west coast.
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