NRCC - Hodes and Shea-Porter Rejects American Refinery Proposal

Hodes and Shea-Porter's Refusal to Act Allows Energy Crisis to Perpetuate

 

Washington– Reps. Paul Hodes (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) has put themselves at odds with the 77 percent of Americans who are experiencing financial hardship due to increased gas prices (ABC/Washington Post Poll, 6/16/08) . Failing to offer any plan of their own, Hodes and Shea-Porter voted twice this week against debating a bill that would have lowered the cost of gasoline by expanding U.S. refining capacities, bringing America closer to energy independence (House Roll Call 423 and 435) .

Reps. Paul Hodes (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) has put themselves at odds with the 77 percent of Americans who are experiencing financial hardship due to increased gas prices . Failing to offer any plan of their own, Hodes and Shea-Porter voted twice this week against debating a bill that would have lowered the cost of gasoline by expanding U.S. refining capacities, bringing America closer to energy independence .

Hodes and Shea-Porter ignored Americans’ calls for relief yet again by refusing to sign a discharge petition to force a vote on this bill to expand America’s refining capacity, even while some of their Democrat colleagues recognized the need for it:

“The congressmen (Mark Udall and Ed Perlmutter) are also calling for the building of more oil refineries, claiming that's an even bigger issue than supply. ‘They themselves will tell you that refining is the bottleneck right now,’ Udall said. The last oil refinery built in the U.S. was in 1974. Oil demand since then has gone up 15 percent.” (CBS4 – Denver, 6/16/08)

These refineries would relieve the bottleneck in gasoline supply, lower gas prices and protect local economies from job losses. Not one single new refinery has been built in the United States since 1976, and the devastating effects of ignoring America’s critical need for increased refining capacity is clear:

The Need for New Refineries:

 

  • Gas prices spiked by 46 cents per gallon when Katrina decreased American refining capacity by less than 5% . (AAA Fuel Gauge Report, Energy Information Administration)

     

  • “In 1981, the US had 324 refineries … Today, there are just 132 oil refineries … ” (CS Monitor, 9/21/05)

     

  • “Drilling of oil and natural gas exploratory wells increased by 98% from 2000 to 2007. Yet, crude oil production decreased 12.4%.” (Energy Information Administration)

     

“ Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter's lack of leadership in addressing America’s energy crisis is appalling,” said NRCC Spokesman Ken Spain, “The people of New Hampshire deserve a representative who will fight for them in Washington, and they will remember Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter's disregard for their concerns every time they put gas in their tank.”

“Republicans, who are using discharge petitions to force votes on their energy proposals, plan to keep up the pressure by introducing such measures every week the House is in session before the November elections, leaders say.” (Congressional Quarterly, 6/20/08)

Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter and their Democrat leaders repeatedly refuse to allow an up or down vote on bills aimed at reducing the cost of gas. Instead of supporting these real solutions, Hodes and Shea-Porter have chosen partisanship over the concerns of their constituents in New Hampshire. When will Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter stop being lapdogs for their party leaders and start addressing the needs of the American people?