Tipton Bill Calling for All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy Clears Important Hurdle
Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 2907) was the focus of a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Sept. 6, 2017. Tipton reintroduced the bill in the 115th Congress in June of 2017, renewing his push for an all-of-the-above approach to U.S. energy development and calling on the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and the Interior to develop a comprehensive energy production plan for onshore federal lands that includes wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil share and minerals.
H.R. 2907 received praise from witnesses appearing before the subcommittee during the hearing.
Paul Ulrich, Chairman of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, wrote in his testimony, “They key to sustainable, long term energy growth of federal minerals is a comprehensive long term energy strategy with focus on enhanced access, streamlined development approval and reasonable protective environmental regulations. We fully support the efforts of Rep. Scott Tipton and H.R. 2907, Planning for American Energy Act of 2017.”
A.J. Ferate, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the Oklahoma Petroleum Association, wrote, “It can be difficult to predict the future, but to have a roadmap of the nation’s energy path, and factoring disruptive technologies into that picture, it is an essential element of not only national energy policy, but of strategic national defense.”
The Planning for American Energy Act passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support twice in the 113th Congress, as part of the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act (H.R. 4899) and the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More Jobs Act (H.R. 2).
“Creating a sustainable energy future in this country is something that Congress must prioritize. It will put Americans back to work, keep energy costs low for families and businesses, and strengthen our national security,” said Tipton. “It’s great to talk about the need for an all-of-the-above approach, but in order to make it a reality, we need a plan. This is why the Planning for American Energy Act is critically important.”