Congressman Scott Tipton Discusses Gas Prices and Energy Development at CLUB 20 Meeting

Congressman Scott Tipton Discusses Gas Prices and Energy Development at CLUB 20 Meeting

WASHINGTON—Rep. Scott Tipton underscored the important role that CLUB 20 plays in the community during a speech to the group’s members this morning at the US Capitol. 

Tipton said, “It was a pleasure to speak to CLUB 20 this morning and discuss some of the key issues facing the district. I applaud all of the hard work of their members and their dedication on behalf of the community.”

Click here for high resolution video of Tipton discussing CLUB 20 and energy development in Colorado.

CLUB 20 Chairman Jeff Comstock said, “A big part of CLUB 20’s mission is advocating for issues critical to our 22 member counties—issues such as jobs, health care and responsible development of our natural resources.  Our trip to Washington is an important way for our members to dialogue directly with our Representatives, and discusses some of these issues.”

Click here for high resolution video of CLUB 20 Executive Director Bonnie Petersen discussing the group’s goals and the purpose of their Washington trip.

During his speech, Tipton emphasized the urgent need to open up responsible energy development in Colorado as a way to lower gas prices and drive job creation in the state. 

 “Families and business owners are hurting because of the skyrocketing gas prices that are hampering job creation and threatening economic recovery,” Tipton said.  “We must revisit the excessive regulations that have stifled energy production in our country, put an end to the Obama Administration’s defacto drilling moratoriums, and ensure multiple use of our public lands.”

The BLM has issued 67% fewer oil and gas leases in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming in FY2010 compared to FY2005. In the first two years of the Obama administration, the Department of Interior issued 72% fewer acres than the first two years of the Clinton administration, and 67% fewer acres than the first two years of the Bush administration. (Source Western Energy Alliance)

This week the House is considering two bills (H.R. 1229 and H.R. 1231) that Tipton, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, has co-sponsored to increase American energy production.  The bills, along with H.R. 1230, which passed in the House last week, could create as many as 250,000 jobs in the short-term, and 1.2 million jobs in the long-term. (Source, Dr. Joseph Mason, Economist, Louisiana State University)

Legislation that Tipton has co-sponsored to increase domestic energy production includes:

  • H.R. 909:  A Roadmap to for America’s Energy Future
  • H.R.1229: To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico
  • H.R.1230: Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act
  • H.R.1231: To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that each 5-year offshore oil and gas leasing program offer leasing in the areas with the most prospective oil and gas resources, to establish a domestic oil and natural gas production goal, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 910: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
  • H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act
  • H. Res. 44: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that an effective moratorium by the Executive Branch on offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling should be terminated
  • H.R. 750: Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act