Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to implement a competitive leasing program for the exploration, development, and production of the... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 3, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish and implement a competitive oil and gas leasing program that will result in an environmentally sound program for the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain of Alaska, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

In this Act: (1) Coastal plain.--The term ``Coastal Plain'' means that area described in appendix I to part 37 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations. (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'', except as otherwise provided, means the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary's designee.

SEC. 3. LEASING PROGRAM FOR LANDS WITHIN THE COASTAL PLAIN.

(a) In General.--The Secretary shall take such actions as are necessary-- (1) to establish and implement, in accordance with this Act and acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management in consultation with the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, a competitive oil and gas leasing program that will result in an environmentally sound program for the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain; and (2) to administer the provisions of this Act through regulations, lease terms, conditions, restrictions, prohibitions, stipulations, and other provisions that ensure the oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities on...

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Nation

171 Supporting
23 Opposing
88% 12%

State: CA

7 Supporting
2 Opposing
78% 22%

District: 1st

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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act because...the 'little guy', like me and many others, need a break. Obama's policies are crippling our economy causing food, gasoline, medicine, and every other necessity to keep rising...but salaries aren't. I've been out of permanent work for over 3 years...I've never been out of work that long...NOT EVER. It's even difficult to get temporary work in my field. The constant stress of it all, not earning enough or getting enough from Unemployment, has made me quite ill. We need help like this bill would provide.

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CA
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Patriot77
CA-31
11 months ago

President Obama’s EPA (new Czar of Energy?) is to unveil a regulation to ban new coal mine construction. Consequences may include: electricity shortages and added consumer cost. So there are cost-benefit trade-offs. Congress has not hosted debates by opposing experts. Consider the following numbers, which are fictitious, just to make this discussion clearer. Say the COSTS to the Citizens of implementation would be $250B over 25 years. What is the BENEFIT? Supporters will say it “will save the planet”. But that is just subjective. Will our pollution levels rise by 30% and require $50B to avoid calamity within 25 years? Then we are spending $250B to save $50B. Foolish ! If we are to see Florida lost to floods - - then there’d be a substantive argument. But such an honest debate has not been presented by the gov’t. to the people. Yet it’s the people’s money. That’s NOT how the Constitution apportions responsibilities for governance. So, I support HR 49, oppose the EPA regulation, and seek your support on both. I’d go further. You are sworn to protect and defend the Constitution. In good conscience and integrity, can you really support such EPA action?

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WA
9
MarkS181
WA-9
1 year ago

I support H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act because... we have more than enough resources to remove this nation from dependence on foreign oil. It is time to do so. But having adequate supplies from our own land will not lower energy prices. The real problem concerning the cost of natural gas, gasoline and diesel is not supply and demand, but the run away speculators. Bridle them and you bridle the run away prices at the pump. Therefore, the question is: Does this congress and the conservatives we elected really have what it takes to put the greedy speculators back under control or not? If you really want a more robust economy, one step in that direction is lower energy prices AND a real energy policy. So far we have neither.

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TX
32
bornaviator
TX-32
2 years ago

I support H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act because... haven't we relied on foreign countries that hate us and controlled the flow to us for years? Drill Baby Drill. Let's bring jobs home. The Green Element of the U.S. is killing our job markets. Yes, we have accidents, but we are one of the few Countries in the World with much cleaner air and wildlife adjustment to their habitat. We need to cut off the head of the EPA and let Coal keep being used without bankrupting the Companies. Without coal Missouri is going to see a great spike in our Electrical Bills. Is EPA going to cover my increase?

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MO
7
Anonymous893405
MO-7
2 years ago

I support H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act because. We as Americans are not going to give up our cars, boats, or for that matter anything that uses fuel. So we need to get as much of it as we can from a domestic source as possible. Paul L Cockrell

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IA
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Plc1960
IA-2
2 years ago

I support H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act because drill, baby, drill!

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TX
11
brookd007
TX-11
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act because as much as the congressman from Alaska wants to make this look like it is just to help American Energy, it is really just about the money. If this bill support this kind of effort throughout the entire range of potential drilling areas, then and only then could this bill state it is for American Energy Independence.

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TX
4
DMforGOOOH
TX-4
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act because...it is past time to find alternative energy sources. Wind and solar energy is unlimited and clean. If we don't start finding clean solutions now, we won' t have a planet to worry about later.

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KY
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Barkclay
KY-6
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act because we should be putting our resources into alternative energy sources and stop catering to the big money oil and gas companies.

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NC
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sanders
NC-6
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 49: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act because...there is no more "future" in oil and gas. The jobs don't last and fracking Frackers are using radiated water. We are sick of the lies and demand "real change" We want solar power and we want it now.. These banksters are going to jail and so is anyone else associated with supporting their lies and crimes against the American people.. Suppression of the Ogle Mobile technology, and Gas Hole the movie have shown me your plans do not work.

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OH
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JohnniesMarchingHome
OH-12
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to implement a competitive leasing program for the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources on the Coastal Plain of Alaska. Permits lease sales to be conducted through an Internet leasing program if such a system will result in savings to the taxpayer, an increase in the number of bidders participating, and higher returns than oral bidding or a sealed bidding system. Amends the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 to repeal the prohibition against leasing or other development leading to production of oil and gas from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Deems any oil and gas leasing programs and activities authorized by this Act to be in compliance with ANWR purposes. Authorizes the Secretary to designate up to 45,000 acres of the Coastal Plain as a Special Area, after consultation with the state of Alaska, the city of Kaktovik, and the North Slope Borough. Permits directional drilling in the Special Area. Prescribes procedures governing Coastal Plain lease sales, as well as terms and conditions, including: (1) environmental protection; (2) federal and state distribution of revenues; and (3) rights-of-way. Sets forth: (1) a "no significant adverse effect" standard to govern Coastal Plain activities; and (2) guidelines for expedited judicial review of complaints. Establishes the ANWR Alternative Energy Trust Fund, into which shall be deposited 50% of the amount of bonus, rental, and royalty revenues from Federal oil and gas leasing and operations authorized under this Act.

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