Friday, September 19, 2008

American Energy Freedom Day is Oct. 1

Tired of Congress doing nothing to move the United States toward energy independence?

Do something about it. Start sending a clear message to the Democrats who control Congress that they will be out of a job come Nov. 4 if they don't get serious about this country's energy needs.

From an op-ed piece by a couple of lawmakers who are pushing for energy independence:
In just two weeks, on Oct. 1, Americans could be celebrating American Energy Freedom Day. That's the day the bans on oil shale and offshore drilling for oil and natural gas in America will expire.

Right off American shores there are reserves estimated to hold over 20 billion barrels of oil and 97 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. And in the west, oil shale is estimated to be between 800 billion and 2 trillion barrels of oil -- that is more than three times the proven oil reserves in Saudi Arabia alone.

So-called "compromise" legislation being considered in Congress would increase energy taxes and only open up a fraction of these vast reserves, while permanently banning nearly 80% of our energy resources offshore. It would be irrational in a national energy crisis to create any new ban on American energy, and that's why the best solution is for Congress to allow the current bans to expire on Oct. 1.
Read "Dawn of Energy Independence?" by Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Sen. Jim DeMint at

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