Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act of 2008

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The Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act (H.R.6899) is a bill in the 110th Congress that removes a 25-year congressional ban on offshore oil drilling. Oil companies would be allowed to explore 100-miles out from shore, and states, at their discretion, could allow drilling from 50 miles out. In addition, the bill includes incentives for renewable energy production and development.[1]


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House consideration

On September 16, 2008, the House considered a motion to recommit the bill with instructions, and the motion failed 191-226.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: League of Conservation Voters 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"As energy costs spiraled upward and American consumers suffered at the pump, anti-environment forces in Congress monopolized legislative proceedings to push a pro-drilling agenda. In September, House Democrats introduced a proposal that combined conservation measures, renewable energy investment, and increased drilling into a single comprehensive energy package. The Comprehensive American Energy Security & Consumer Protection Act of 2008 included a renewable electricity standard mandating that 15% of American electricity come from clean energy sources by 2020. H.R. 6899 would extend tax credits to the renewable energy industry, institute energy efficiency standards for buildings, and repeal billions of dollars in tax subsidies to oil companies. During consideration of H.R. 6899, Representative John Peterson (R-PA) offered a motion to strike the renewable electricity standard and open up additional federal lands and waters to drilling. The motion would also have provided federal subsidies for the development of polluting fossil fuels such as oil shale. On September 16, the House defeated the motion by a 191-226 vote (House roll call vote 598). NO is the pro-environment vote."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.lcv.org/2008-pdf.pdf)

That motion having failed, the House passed the bill by a vote of 236-189.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Permit states to allow offshore oil and gas development, with limits. September 16. (236-189"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php)

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References

  1. Avery Palmer, "Drilling Bill Passes in House," CQ Politics, September 16, 2008

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