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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Energy Policy Act (H.R. 6) 

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. 6)

Contact Information:  

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)  

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html  

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):            

 

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