Tipton’s All-of-the-Above Energy Plan to Lower Costs, Create Jobs, Closer to Becoming a Reality

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Scott Tipton’s (R-CO) Planning for American Energy Act moved one step closer to a House vote after receiving a legislative hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals.  H.R. 1394 seeks to establish common sense steps to create an all-of-the-above American energy plan for utilizing federal lands to meet America’s energy needs, without removing a single environmental safeguard. The bill requires that all domestic sources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals needed for energy development be included in the plan.

Watch Tipton’s full opening statement here.

“At a time when our country needs to focus on domestic energy production and job creation, it is critical that we have an established national energy plan to meet our needs. As it stands, the Administration has no comprehensive plan for meeting the inevitable demand for energy in both traditional and alternative sources and historically, our nation has lacked a clear plan for energy development on public lands,” said Tipton. “The Planning for American Energy Act puts a common sense plan into place by requiring that our nation’s energy needs are met through development of traditional and alternative energy resources with a true all-of-the-above approach that will lower the cost of energy, jumpstart economic recovery, and get Americans working.”

The Planning for American Energy Act advances responsible energy development without repealing a single environmental regulation or review process.  Under this legislation, the non-partisan Energy Information Administration provides the projected energy needs of the United States for the next 30 years to the Secretary of the interior and the Secretary of Agriculture on which they then base four year production plans.

Jack Ekstrom, Vice President, Corporate and Government Relations of Denver-based Whiting Petroleum Corporation, and Jim Spehar, former mayor of Grand Junction, were among the witnesses that testified during the hearing.

Watch Tipton question the witnesses here.

Tipton has introduced a number of responsible energy bills this Congress. The House recently passed H.R. 678 the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, with strong bipartisan support. H.R. 678 is an action plan to create new American jobs and eliminate bureaucratic hurdles to small hydropower production, authorizing clean, renewable hydropower development on existing, man-made Bureau of Reclamation water canals and pipes, and cuts government red-tape by streamlining a duplicative regulatory process for projects that have already gone through environmental review.

Read full witness testimony here.

Read Tipton’s full statement here.

Additional background on H.R. 1394 is available here.