The House of Representatives
is expected to vote on the Energy Policy Act of 2003 (H.R. 6) on Wednesday,
April 9, 2003. The measure
contains several anti-energy policies.
To encourage renewable fuels and energy conservation, the bill
has an energy tax incentive package of $18.7 billion. Also, the measure
calls for doubling the production of ethanol-blended gasoline.
With few exceptions,
investments in subsidized renewable technologies have been disappointing. Natural resource economists indicate that long-term
programs to conserve energy or increase efficiency do not result in
lower energy consumption but just the opposite. And ethanol for a fuel is fundamentally uneconomic. To make ethanol from grain, it takes more energy
to produce than the combustion it produces. Furthermore, the federal ethanol incentive program was intended
to reduce gasoline consumption, foreign oil dependency, and air pollution. Instead it has caused Americans to use in 2000,
473 million more gallons of gasoline than in 1999.
Passing any energy
bill just for the sack of it will not help meet the coming energy
needs of this nation. Contrary
to pundants fossil fuels are becoming more abundant and as technology
improves, investment capital expands and world markets liberalize
at an even more abundant level. Domestic energy exploration is just one way
to promote economic growth, maintain national security and provide
for a reliable and affordable energy supply.
What Can You Do?
Urge your representative
to NOT SUPPORT the
Energy Policy Act of 2003 (H.R.
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website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are...
mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
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