Congress is observing a District Work period this week, and that means House Republicans are taking their campaign to hold President Obama accountable for his policies that are driving up gas prices to cities and towns across America. Today, Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) toured an oil rig near Midland, TX, to learn more about the drilling process and discuss the House-passed energy bills included in Republicans’ ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan that remain stuck in the Democratic-run Senate.
Photos from the Speaker’s visit are available on Team Boehner’s Flickr page. Key excerpts from Boehner's remarks to with west Texas media are included below:
>> BOEHNER ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S POLICIES THAT ARE DRIVING UP GAS PRICES:
“While the President says he’s for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, none of his actions have followed his words. Whether it’s his opposition to the Keystone Pipeline – his personally lobbying Democrat Senators to oppose the pipeline – or when you look at all the activity on federal lands, you can see that we’re producing less oil on federal lands than when the president took office. It’s time for the president in his actions to match his rhetoric. This is what America wants… Why does the President continue to stand in the way?”
>> BOEHNER ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CALL FOR HIGHER ENERGY TAXES:
“The Congressional Research Service – the non-partisan arm of the Library of Congress – has looked into the president’s proposal. And they have determined that doing what the President wants – raising taxes on oil companies – would actually increase oil and gas prices in the United States. That’s not what the American people want. I’ve met with enough independent oil and gas prices here and around the country to understand oil depletion allowances, intangible drilling costs, things that are necessary if we are going to encourage people to produce more of our energy.”
>> BOEHNER ON THE NEED FOR A REAL “ALL-OF-THE ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY”:
“Listen, I’m for solar, I’m for wind. I’m also for the development of our nuclear energy, which the President says he’s for, but I don’t see him doing anything to help. The president says he’s for more oil and gas development, yet he stops Keystone, [and] he won’t let us drill in the most productive part of Alaska. And when it comes to opening federal lands, they continue to shut more federal lands down -- whether it’s the outer continental shelf or the inner mountain west where we’ve got significant deposits of American-made oil and gas.”
The rig Boehner visited is located on a private ranch on the Permian Basin, and is owned by a small business that employs approximately 170 people and operates more than 1,200 wells. According to a recent MarketWatch report, Permian Basin oil fields today produce 17% of total US crude oil and account for over 66% of total Texas oil production. Estimated proven reserves are 4.5 billion barrels, second only to Alaska at 5.2 billion barrels.
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