NRCC - Carol Shea-Porter's Floor Remarks on Energy

Carol Shea-Porter’s remarks on the House floor today relating to energy (September 10, 2008):

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter:

It's bad that we can't deal with the bills in front of us.

What I find particularly disturbing is that for eight years we've had two oil men in the white house with no energy policy, and my colleagues on the other side have sat silent for two long years, nothing since I’ve been here talking about it, eight years since President Bush has come into office, and suddenly in the waning years of the hours of this session they are now talking about an energy policy.

Well, I certainly welcome them to this. I think we do need an energy policy.

I wish they had started talking about an energy policy eight long years ago. What they allowed to happen in the past eight years is for us to lose ground on an Apollo-type project to bring real energy policy to the United States.

They've allowed the oil companies to reap the greatest profits in history while they've allowed the American taxpayer to suffer while they subsidize these oil companies.

It's just outrageous that they are now at this point eight long years into it and getting near an election and they are suddenly talking about the lack of an energy policy.

Thank you, gentlemen, for bringing this to our attention. We have been speaking about this lack of an energy policy for a long time.

Drill, drill, drill, we heard it at their convention, drill, baby, drill. That's a Fred Flintstone policy.

Drill, baby, drill, I heard a reporter say is like people standing there at the edge of the information technology revolution yelling electric typewriters, electric typewriters. We are now right at the edge of this wonderful, wonderful future for our country.

If you decide to join us and invest in it in an Apollo-type program for energy independence. A program that would allow us to be independent of these nations, to have an economic base here in this country, to create jobs in a green technology, and renewables.

One of your own party, T. Boone Pickens, who has talked often about and run ads about the fact that we can't drill our way out of this. That we only hold 2% to 3% of the oil and that we are consuming 25%.

And yet I haven't heard the word conserve over there until just now. I heard one mention it. We have ignored conservation.

We have ignored wind, we have ignored solar, we have ignored all kinds ever renewables.

And drill, baby, drill plan. And drill, baby, drill only. You know what? We simply got to face these issues and we should have faced them eight long years ago.

We should have faced them when I got herein this 110th congress.

I certainly welcome you to the debate now. Why don't we do this? Why don't we first take away the subsidies from the oil companies and invest in renewables.

I think that would be a good start to show Americans that we hear them.

Why don't we take the speculators out of the markets since we are all very concerned about the price of energy?

I'm particularly concerned about what's happening in New Hampshire where the oil is so high and the winter is coming on us, aim concerned that the President of the United States put in his budget a cut in the low-income heating energy assistance program.

So why don't we do this? Why don't we take the speculators out of the market?

Why don't we say drill now drill to the oil companies who had 68 million acres and they would not That would be helpful.

There is a number of things we could have done and I agree with you we are at the last moments here and it's outrageous.

We have the future of America in our hands. We have the ability as T. Boone Pickens said to take the wind from he named sweet water, Texas, to Hastings, Nebraska. We have great wind capacity.

And to take solar from sweet water, Texas, to California. And watch that. And biomass.

Yes, drilling. Drilling on the land and lease that is we have. Why didn't you agree to take the leases away if the oil companies wouldn't drill? Why not? Why not do something except stand there with the same tired drill, baby, drill?

We are on the eve of this wonderful technology. We have so many people and businesses ready to invest in it. Oil companies certainly have their role and we are dependent on oil.

We are more dependent on oil than we were when George Bush came into office, that's true.

But where have you been for eight long years?

I welcome you to this discussion.

But I think we should have the discussion in the appropriate place and not block every piece of legislation that's coming through right now.

And let's have a comprehensive energy plan.

The first thing you could do, the other side could do to show their good faith in this, would be to vote against the tax subsidies for the oil companies.

If we really want to protect the American taxpayer, why don't we stop forcing them to subsidize That would be my first question.

Thank you, I yield back.