I haven't read the entire bill, (then again neither do our Congressmen), but here are the talking points:
- House Republicans recognize that as gas prices and home utility bills rise, American families are dealt an even greater economic hardship.
- The Democrats' answer to the worst recession in decades is a national energy tax that will lead to higher energy prices and further job losses.
- Thousands of dollars in extra energy costs and millions of jobs lost is a high price to pay for an energy policy that will do very little to clean up our environment.
- The American people deserve better. The American Energy Act is an all of the above plan that will provide energy independence, more jobs here at home, and a cleaner environment.
- The American Energy Act increases our domestic supply of energy by lifting restrictions on ANWR, the Outer Continental Shelf, and oil shale in the Mountain West.
- The House Republican plan renews America's commitment to clean and emissions-free nuclear energy. The Department of Energy has stated the best way for utility companies to reduce carbon emissions is to increase their supply of nuclear energy.
- Despite the enormous success of nuclear energy, no new nuclear reactor has been ordered since the presidency of Jimmy Carter. The House Republican plan builds on the success of nuclear energy by laying down a national goal of ordering 100 new nuclear reactors over the next twenty years.
- Revenue generated by the sale of leases will be invested in renewable and alternative sources of energy. The House Republican plan also encourages conservation through proven tax incentives.
- The American people don't want a national energy tax; they want energy independence. The House Republican plan is the comprehensive energy solution this country desperately needs.
Alternative energy innovation, exploration of our own resources, and 100 new nuclear facilities-- policy based on what we need and moving forward--gee, makes perfect sense to me.