CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R. 1941, H.R. 205, and H.R. 1146 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R. 1941, H.R. 205, and H.R. 1146

September 10, 2019

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to reject legislation being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives this week that would prevent access to new sources of offshore energy in the Outer Continental Shelf.

Americans need safe, reliable, and affordable energy. Geopolitical turmoil creates unstable prices in the global energy marketplace. Whenever there is upheaval in Iran, Venezuela, or the South China Sea, it hurts American consumers at the gas pump. Greater U.S. energy independence and stability would better allow American businesses to estimate their financial expenditures, and enable them to keep a healthy and robust workforce.  That is why you must oppose these bills.

H.R. 1941 would ban offshore energy development in the Pacific and Atlantic planning areas of the outer continental shelf; H.R. 205 would permanently extend the moratorium on oil and natural gas activities in the eastern Gulf of Mexico; and H.R. 1146 would repeal authorization for an oil and natural gas development program in a small area of wilderness in Alaska known as “Section 1002” adjacent to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Energy produced in America comes with a much smaller carbon footprint than energy produced elsewhere in the world, and with significantly stronger environmental protections. When the government arbitrarily undercuts domestic energy exploration and development in the United States, it increases America’s dependence on foreign sources, hurts its economic and national security, and increases the carbon footprint of virtually the whole nation.

The more energy produced in the United States, the more insulated Americans will be from future energy interruptions in the global marketplace. This benefits the taxpayers in the form of lower gas prices and a more secure America. Again, I urge you to reject these bills and stand with American taxpayers and consumers. If you have any questions, please contact CCAGW Government Affairs Director Allen Johnson at allen@cagw.org.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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