By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery issued a statement to announce that she had spoken on the floor of the U.S House of Representatives Tuesday night to respond to President Obama’s announcement of a new, aggressive push for regulations on American energy producers.
Rep. Roby said, “Over the last few days, I have utilized social media to ask my constituents how higher energy costs from President Obama’s ‘war on coal’ will affect them. Having access to affordable energy is an issue that touches every single American. More costly restrictions on energy producers mean higher electricity bills, more expensive groceries and increased gas prices. Americans need affordable energy to make ends meet, and that’s why I’ve joined House Republicans in pushing for an ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy that will keep costs low while putting us on a path to energy independence.”
Rep. Roby said that House Republicans favored an “all of the above” energy strategy which included the development of American oil and natural gas, alternative energy sources such as solar, hydropower, wind, and nuclear, and the continued development of clean coal.
Roby said that this week the House will consider H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act. The legislation would expand U.S. offshore energy production to most of the U.S. Coastline in order to create American jobs, lower energy costs, grow the economy and strengthen national security by lowering the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. The bill also makes it easier to drill offshore by removing barriers currently blocking production.
Roby estimates that the legislation would generate over a $1.5 billion for tax payers and create 1.2 million new jobs.
Congresswoman Martha Roby represents Alabama’ Second Congressional District.