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  • VIDEO: Rep. Fred Upton Blames EPA for Obstructing Alaska Oil Drilling

    Shell spent five years and more than $3.5 billion while waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to grant a permit for drilling in Alaska. Now lawmakers in Congress hope to force the hand of EPA bureaucrats by mandating a six-month deadline to review permit applications.

    The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act is set for a House vote Thursday and is expected to easily pass with bipartisan support. The White House declined to issue a veto threat Tuesday. There is a companion bill in the Senate, but its fate is uncertain. (UPDATE: The House approved the measure Wednesday night by a margin of 253 to 166 with the support of 23 Democrats.)

    House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) visited Heritage yesterday and sat down to talk about the high price of gasoline and why more energy production is the answer. We spoke to him about this week’s vote and what it means for consumers.

    Upton also announced that his committee would move next to the North American-Made Energy Security Act, which would expedite a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. The project is designed to carry oil from Canada to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee approved the legislation by voice vote last week.

    Speaking at yesterday’s Bloggers Briefing, Upton stressed the benefits of the pipeline expansion. The development of Canadian oil sands would create an estimated 100,000 U.S. jobs and reinforce our relationship with Canada, this country’s No. 1 source of imported oil.

    The pipeline is a monumental undertaking both in terms of its construction and impact on energy markets. Canada believes it would be able to produce at least 3 million barrels a day by the end of the decade. At least 1 million barrels would make their way to U.S. markets.

    Judging from recent public-opinion surveys, Americans overwhelmingly support increased production domestically and through strengthened ties with Canada. A Quinnipiac Poll this spring found 67 percent want offshore drilling to resume. And a poll commissioned by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the American Petroleum Institute put the figure at 85 percent of Americans who believe U.S. government policies should support the use of Canadian oil.

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    7 Responses to VIDEO: Rep. Fred Upton Blames EPA for Obstructing Alaska Oil Drilling

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      One of the things we need to understand as people. We get the type of government we allow. We need not blame the EPA as if it were an entity with a justifiable purpose of existence. THe EPA exists because we allow it to exist. The massive EPA building takes up most of the federal triangle between Constitution Ave and Pennsylvania Ave and between 12th and 14th. This omnipresence of an agency wields not only bureaucratic power, but has an obvious physical presence. It has never worked for the people of this country, but rather for small groups of people who wish to harm our economic presence.

    2. George Colgrove, VA says:

      This agency is the agency of NO. It is duplicative since every state has its own far mor efficiently run environmental protection agencies that have solutions geared for each state. We want to protect the environment – that is a given. But we need these agencies to be agencies of GO! When a company wants to build, these guys should be there to make sure the right choices are being made for construction and aid the developer (FOR "FREE") to ensure the right places are being developed with the right construction methods and so on. In short the construction should go on with the state EPA's being support staff – so to speak. As for the DC EPA – we can shut it down. As we can see with Obama, it is mearly a political wing of extremem leftist set to destroy America. We the people can shut down these feds.

    3. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Obama uses the EPA, and ever other government agencies, as clubs and pry bars to have his way with the economy of this nation. He used this tactic in the Gulf last year, and now in Alaska. He not only stopped production of 240,000 barrels of crude PER DAY from the Gulf alone, but killed thousands of oil related jobs as well as the loss of perhaps $9 billion of revenue to the nation's economy.

      Obama's ideology of "spreading the wealth", Obama is frocing us to buy oil from other overseas thus "spreading" $2 billion of our tax dollars to Brazil and give them a drilling permit, while stopping this nation's industry from producing our own products. Could it be that the President of Brazil is a revolutionary that severed prison time for revolution against her own country? Let's not forget about his buddy George Soros's 1 million shares in the Brazilan government owned oil company.

      The people of this country had better wake up and understand this is not an "environmental issue". It is Obama delibert attack to collaspe our economy and force the people to turn to socialism.

    4. John B. Williams says:

      Not only does the EPA prevent drilling in Alaska, the EPA prevents drilling in the continental United States. We were oil independent before the JFK assassination and could be again, but the EPA prevents us from being so.
      I tip my hat to Mr. Upton for doing his home work and research. Had he just listened to the media he would have been as uninformed as our Congressmen are. He sounds like a male Michelle Bachman.

    5. Bobbie says:

      How do you stop the unexpected conduct of this government? Circumventing the people's laws as they go? Undermining the people's Constitution for their convenience of a sole purpose, to abuse? So abusive, America will be torn from limb to limb. where's our protection when the ones we pay to protect, are using it to corrupt? Where do we go when our personal freedom and dignity are the enemy of the government?

    6. Bobbie says:

      We'd like specifics in regard to the government's role in redistribution of the earnings of citizens and or businesses? We'd like specifics regarding the need for welfare under this government. I'd like to know why he gives no expectation for some to live without depending on him (government?) We'd like to know the specifics regarding the role of the democrat party. Americans deserve members of government with a sense of productivity, not two reactions to everything. Blame and steal. Democrats can't even hold themselves accountable to the truth… those in the public eye. What little one can expect from members of the democrats who have done nothing but add hardship and burdens to this country and us. How expensively unfortunate.

    7. Charles says:

      Chairman Upton projects the correct attitude with respect to domestic oil production. I truly wish he would be as interested in correcting the errors he and "Calamity Jane" Harman made in concocting the inappropriate, irresponsible, and autocratic provision in the 2007 Energy Act mandating the phase-out of the 100-watt incandescent light bulb by prohibiting its manufacture and sale in the here-to-fore free United States by January 1, 2012, just six months from now. .
      At the time he was named House Energy and Commerce Comittee Chairman, Mr. Upton commented to the effect that he had learned his lesson and would be amenable to correcting the error made in 2007 Energy Act. A cosponsored "Bulb Act" has been offered in the House by Joe Barton and in the Senate by Mike Enzi that would repeal the 2007 law, and therefore permit us citizens once again to choose the light bulbs we wish to use. Engineering this legislative correction shouldn't require a PhD in political science just common sense and the honoring of a solemn political committment. Mr. Upton your path is clearly lighted.

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