Congressman Rohrabacher supports Energy Policy Act of 2005
Washington, Apr 21, 2005 - The House today passed the bipartisan Energy Policy Act of 2005 by a vote of 249 to 183, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher supported this bill, praising it as "a big win for America's energy future, and a huge help to California’s burgeoning energy costs."
- Addresses rising gasoline prices. Encourages more domestic production of oil with incentives such as a streamlined permit process; promote a greater refining capacity to bring more oil to market; and increase the gasoline supply by stopping the proliferation of expensive regional boutique fuels. To scale back demand for oil, the proposal encourages vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells and increases funding for Department of Transportation work to improve fuel efficiency standards; authorizes $200 million for the "Clean Cities" program, which will provide grants to state and local governments to acquire alternative-fueled vehicles.
- " Reduces our dangerous dependence on foreign oil by allowing new domestic oil and gas exploration and development and by authorizing expansion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve's capacity to 1 billion barrels.
- " Improves our nation's electricity transmission capacity and reliability to stop future blackouts through the adoption of reliability standards, incentives for transmission grid improvements and reform of transmission authorization rules.
- " Promotes clean and renewable fuels, by providing incentives for clean coal technology and renewable energies such as biomass, wind, solar and hydroelectricity.
- " Requires greater energy conservation by establishing new mandatory efficiency requirements for federal buildings, and efficiency standards and product labeling for battery chargers, commercial refrigerators, freezers, unit heaters, and other household products.
- " Extends daylight savings time two months to reduce energy consumption by the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil each day. Studies indicate that the proposal to adopt daylight savings time from the first Sunday in March to the last Sunday in November will also lower crime and traffic fatalities and allow for more recreation time and increased economic activity.
- " Boosts production of clean natural gas to help alleviate soaring prices for the environmentally friendly fuel. Specifically, the bill breaks the bureaucratic logjam that has stymied work on approximately 40 liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities nationwide.
- " Encourages more nuclear and hydropower production by authorizing the Department of Energy to develop accelerated programs for the production and supply of electricity; setting the stage for building new nuclear reactors by reauthorizing Price Anderson; and improving current procedures for hydroelectric project licensing.