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Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-07) supports H.R. 4480, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.

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Published on Jun 20, 2012

Rep. Charles Boustany speaks on the House floor in favor of H.R. 4480, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.

"The sad fact today is that this country does not have a coherent energy strategy. pure and simple. I can tell you, I come from Louisiana where we know firsthand, probably more than any other state, that good energy policy can march hand in hand with good economic policy and good environmental policy. We've lived that life.

We know that energy, the energy sector, American energy production creates good paying jobs. Many of these jobs go to people who - a family that's never had anyone that's had college and they've been able to pay for college for the next generation. These are good paying jobs. Better paying than most. The first step in energy policy, the first step is, number one: don't punish your current energy production. Don't punish american energy production. That's what we've seen from this administration. From four straight years of proposing high taxes, new taxes on independent small energy companies, small oil and gas companies. New taxes at a time when we ought to be developing our energy production makes no sense at all. Secondly, what's our transition strategy? We clearly have an abundance of oil and gas with new reserves and new technology. We have led the world in this. We ought to be developing it and we can achieve energy security for this country and create good paying American jobs. This administration proposed a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and now, yes, they lifted the moratorium, but they still continue to slow walk the permits. This bill would go forward and help to us streamline that process so we can get American energy production back up online in the Gulf of Mexico and to develop our energy security needs."

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