Bobby Schilling on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Oct 03, 2010

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ENERGY

Phil Hare voted for the 1,427 page Cap & Trade bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year. This is of great concern. If this bill is passed by the Senate and signed into law, it will raise families’ energy bills thousands of dollars per year and destroy jobs in many sectors of the economy, most notably manufacturing. The development of wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal energy, as well as the creation of more nuclear power plants is important for the overall needs of the country, but oil, natural gas, and coal are the lifeblood of the American economy. While we use much of our own coal, America also has a wealth of oil and natural gas beneath our coastal waters, in areas throughout the western United States, and several thousand acres near the edge of Alaska’s 19.6 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but currently many of these areas are off limits. No other country in the world has restricted as much of its energy resources as the United States has.

It is critical to the long term energy, economic and national security of our country to open these areas up and utilize them, rather than continuing to depend largely on foreign supply. This will bring down the prices we pay at the pump and for heating our homes and businesses, while creating good jobs here in the U.S. The American Energy Act would do just this. This Act, which has been proposed in Congress, allows the opening up of America’s vast energy supply and keeps environmental protections in place. Put simply, we need to drill here, drill now, pay less, and create jobs.

 

Voting Record

Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act

The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act would have hastened the sale of drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. It passed the House 266-149, but was never brought up for a vote in the Senate. Bobby Schilling voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Bobby Schilling voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011

The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 would have prevented the EPA from passing any tax on greenhouse gases and excluded GHGs from the definition of air pollutants. Bobby Schilling voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Bobby Schilling voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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