Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas


June 21, 2012
Press Release

Washington, DC– Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted in strong support of legislation dedicated to increasing access to American energy and eliminating barriers to production. H.R. 4480, the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act is a package of seven bills promoting an American energy plan to reduce our reliance on foreign oil, as well as spur economic growth and job creation by increasing production on federal lands. It also protects American refineries by reducing unnecessary red tape and burdensome Obama Administration regulations. H.R. 4480 passed the House by a vote of 248 to 163. 

Congressman Pete Olson said, "It’s simple: producing more  American energy will createhundreds of thousands of American jobs and bring billions in new federal revenue – without raising new taxes – to pay off our debt. The politicians and bureaucrats in the federal government need to have faith in the American people. The government must understand that it doesn’t create a strong economy, but they can sure be a massive barrier to one. This legislation is a great start to reducing our reliance on foreign energy sources, creating American jobs, and stabilizing energy prices."

Energy production info by the numbers:

·         1 million: number of potential jobs in related industrial and manufacturing activity

·         600,000: Direct jobs in oil and gas production

·         64,800: Number of jobs that are sidelined because of BLM permits tangled in red tape

·         14: The percentage decrease in oil production on federally owned lands from 2010 - 2011

·         3: The current unemployment rate in North Dakota where domestic energy production is thriving

Summary of the bills included in this package:

·         The Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4471), introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), puts a stop to three burdensome new Obama administration energy regulations and, for the first time, requires cumulative analyses of the effect of other current and proposed government regulations that would potentially drive up gas prices. 

·         The Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 4381), introduced by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish an all-of the-above energy plan by reviewing America’s energy needs and establishing targets for all types of energy production on federal lands (oil, natural gas, coal and renewables) to meet those needs. 

·         The Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act (H.R. 4382), introduced by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), would open up at least 25 percent of lands for leasing each year for which there is interest in development, set firm timelines for leasing, and create more certainty by prohibiting the Secretary of the Interior from “withdrawing leases and adding additional lease stipulations after they have been sold.”

·         The Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act (H.R. 4383), introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), removes roadblocks to American energy production, and streamlines and reforms the permitting process to facilitate increased energy development.   

·         The Strategic Energy Production Act (H.R. 4480), introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), ensures that the Obama administration cannot once again tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve without taking steps to increase American energy production.

·         The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act (H.R. 2150), introduced by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), will create jobs and help lower energy costs by ensuring that resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) “are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.”

·         The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act (H.R. 2752), introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), “gives the Secretary of the Interior the authority to conduct Internet-based auctions for onshore leases to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process.”


Media Contact: Melissa Kelly