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Top Ten Questions for the House GOP on Energy

As a small band of House Republicans remain on the House floor to call for “drill only” legislation that would not bring immediate relief to consumers, their constituents deserve to know why their representatives in Congress have failed to support serious, responsible proposals put forward by the New Direction Congress.  Americans have a right to know if House Republicans will reverse their opposition to these proposals; will Senate Republicans, including Senator McCain, stop blocking these bills; and will the President sign them?

  1. House Democrats have put forward 13 major proposals that would increase supply, reduce prices, protect consumers and transition America to a clean, renewable energy-independent future.  Each time a majority of House Republicans have voted against these proposals.  How can Republicans claim to want to help consumers and businesses when they oppose these policies?
  2. Releasing a small amount of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve has proven in the past to be a critical way to reduce energy prices in the short term used in 1991, 2000 and 2005.  Why not support Democrats' effort to free a small amount of the taxpayer-funded government stockpile to influence the price of the pump within days?
  3. Exxon Mobil announced the highest ever quarterly profit by a U.S. corporation in history last week.  With Exxon Mobil making $1,500 a second, how can House Republicans continue to block efforts to repeal tax subsidies to Big Oil?
  4. According to the Bush Administration's own Energy Department, if we repealed the offshore drilling ban today, oil and gas production would not begin there until 2017, and the impact on prices before 2030 would be “insignificant.”  Why do House Republicans keep calling for an action that they know won't solve today's energy problems?
  5. Senator McCain missed two critical votes in the Senate to promote renewable and conservation.  The American people have a right to know why he is putting the interests of Big Oil ahead of American consumers.  Why is that?
  6. If House Republicans are for “all of the above,” why do you oppose efforts to protect consumers like price gouging and holding OPEC accountable for price fixing?
  7. When House Republicans were in the majority for 12 years, our dependence on foreign oil escalated.  Why didn't House Republicans do something about America's energy independence to ensure we wouldn't reach the energy crisis we're in now?
  8. Democrats will continue to push for legislation to end undue speculation in the oil market that many analysts say has increased the price of a barrel of oil. Will House Republicans support it?
  9. Democrats are committed to helping families across America who struggle to pay their home heating bills during the winter months through the LIHEAP program.  Will House Republicans support it?  Will Senate Republicans stop blocking it?  Will John McCain vote for it?  And will President Bush sign it?
  10. House Democrats have reiterated their support for a Renewable Electricity Standard to transition electricity sources to renewables.  Will House Republicans support this effort?


A list of the 13 measures that large percentages of House Republicans voted against: