American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act

Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 18, 2014
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. MORAN. Mr. Speaker, I thank my very good friend and our leader from California for yielding me the time.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this bill.

So this is the last day we are in session until after the elections. But rather than consider substantive legislation today--or really at any point in this session--that would have extended long-term unemployment benefits, or simplify the Tax Code, or reform our immigration system, or extend expiring tax provisions, or lower foreign trade barriers with new trade authority, or invest in our Nation's deteriorating public infrastructure, we are going home.

Mr. Speaker, the list goes on and on of what we could and should be doing. But we are wasting what limited floor time remains debating a compilation of bad anti-environmental legislative proposals that this Chamber has already passed.

These bills will not be considered by the Senate, and they are bills that the President has already expressed his intention of vetoing if they were to get through the Senate.

It is disappointing, but it is not surprising.

With the vote on this bill, this Chamber will have voted 218 times just this session to weaken existing laws that protect our health and our environment; 58 times this session we voted to block action on climate change; 43 times to weaken the Clean Air Act; and 75 times to weaken the Clean Water Act.

Mr. Speaker, more oil is being produced now during the Obama administration than at any point in the previous 25 years. Our dependence on foreign sources of oil is at a record low. Gasoline prices are actually stabilizing or in decline in many parts of the country.

But with this bill, we will be waiving environmental reviews and advancing more drilling in areas that pose potential harm to the environment and to other American jobs and industries, such as the tourist industry, the fishing industry, and many other industries that don't seem to be given equal weight but are certainly equally or more important than the industries that we are trying against all odds to protect.

Mr. Speaker, the climate is warming. The only place where a majority of the American people are in denial is here in this Chamber.

I have seen a poll that shows that 53 percent of all self-identified Republicans under the age of 34 think politicians who deny climate change are either--and I am quoting here; obviously, these would not be my words, but I am quoting--either ``ignorant,'' ``out of touch,'' or ``crazy.''

So I will let the majority of young Republicans have the last word, Mr. Speaker. But the point is, I oppose this measure, and I urge my colleagues to do so as well by voting ``no.''