NH House Leaders Comment on Passage of Bill to Block Restriction of Use of Gasoline and Heating Oil, Raise Fuel Prices

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today commented on the passage of House Bill 1487, a bill to require that the state must get legislative approval before moving forward on implementing low carbon fuel standards, a scheme to cap the amount of gasoline and other liquid fuels, such as home heating oil, which would raise the price of these fuels.  The bill passed by a vote of 243 to 96.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“In 2009, the Governor Lynch signed an agreement to begin the process of raising the price of gas and heating fuel by implementing this absurd scheme known as low carbon fuel standards.  Right now, the Lynch administration is looking to implement this plan that will increase the bite for working families to fill up their gas tanks and to pay for heating oil.  This bill puts the brakes on this assault on our wallets, at a time when we should be working to reduce the cost of gas, not raising it.  Our nation should be looking for ways to increase production of gas and heating oil, not trying to find ways to restrict it.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“If the Governor and his Democratic colleagues paid attention to what has happened at the gas pumps over the past few weeks, they would have already stopped this absurd plan to raise the cost to fill up your tank.  Instead, the Lynch Administration is continuing forward on this reckless proposal to increase our costs on everyone to put gas in our cars and heating oil in our houses.  It’s time to stop adding to the burden on the backs of our working families and to start helping our citizens.  The last thing we need is a ‘liquid RGGI’ for New Hampshire.”