House GOP champions climate disaster Frankenbill
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, by a vote of 226-191 the House passed H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act. The bill repackages 13 separate energy bills already passed by the House, none of which were ever taken up by the Senate. The Office of Management and Budget issued a Statement of Administration Policy saying that President Obama would likely veto the bill if it came to him.
If enacted, H.R. 2 would open new offshore drilling areas, further deregulate hydraulic fracturing, and double-down on dangerous and extreme energy sources like tar sands and oil shale.
Friends of the Earth Climate and energy campaigner Lukas Ross issued the following statement in response:
By merging these dead bills together, House leadership has built a Frankenstein’s monster of bad energy policy. This maneuver exemplifies election season political theatre at its most cynical.
From approving the Keystone XL pipeline to cutting away crucial protections for our air and water, this bill does everything possible to pad the pockets of polluters, discourage renewable energy investment and lock-in a future of climate disruption.
Expert Contact: Lukas Ross, (202) 222-0724, [email protected]
Communications Contact: Kate Colwell, (202) 222-0744, [email protected]