Tags: energy | debate | drilling | gop

Republicans Gear Up for Summer Energy Debate

Image: Republicans Gear Up for Summer Energy Debate Rep. Doc Hastings

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 12:14 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
House Republicans are gearing up for another summer of heated debate over oil and gas drilling, which likely will end in a series of energy bills brought to the floor before the August recess.

Some of the legislation, similar to bills introduced in the last Congress, would expand drilling, block environmental regulations, and speed pipeline permits, reports Politico.

But this time around, the Republican rallying cry of "drill, baby, drill" may not be that loud. Gas prices are expected to stabilize over the next month to an average of about $3.50 a gallon, according to AAA.

Still, GOP leaders are expected to focus on measures to lift restrictions on development of oil and gas reserves, including one unveiled last month by Reps. Doc Hastings, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Fred Upton, chairman of the Commerce Committee. That bill would increase oil and gas production goals and create a five-year leasing plan for offshore drilling along the coasts of California, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Hastings also has introduced a bill to open the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for more development, Politico noted.

Even if the bills make it through the House, it's unlikely they would would be approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Some would face an almost-certain presidential veto.

Democratic leaders in Congress say expanded drilling isn't necessary because U.S. energy production is continuing to grow under existing policies.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Grimes Doubles Down on McConnell Coal Claim, Earns 4 More WaPo Pinocchios

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 22:24 PM

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler is doubling down on his criticism of Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Ali . . .

Pew Poll: More Voters See Midterm Ballot as Vote Against Obama

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 22:06 PM

President Barack Obama looms large in next month's elections, with almost a third of Americans considering their vote fo . . .

Dem Sen. Hagan: Obama Has Not Always Shown Strong Leadership

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 21:23 PM

North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan admitted Thursday that she does not think President Barack Obama has shown stro . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved