WASHINGTON - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld today released the following statement after the House passed the Energy Conference Report.
"The U.S. House of Representatives has once again passed an energy bill that is fixated on the rear-view mirror rather than looking ahead. Instead of taking meaningful steps to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, ease rising energy prices for consumers, and invest in forward-thinking clean energy technologies and energy efficiency, the House passed a special interest giveaway to big oil and other polluting industries of the past.
"This bill rewards already profitable energy companies, like Exxon Mobil which just this morning reported double-digit increases in profits for the second quarter of the year. In addition, the bill contains a controversial $1.5 billion provision for an energy consortium, which includes Halliburton, based in ethically challenged House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's district. It also includes an invasive inventory of offshore oil and gas, which could pave the way for drilling off our coasts.
"This bill is bad news for consumers and public health and takes us backwards on critical environmental protections. We urge members of the Senate to oppose this deeply flawed bill."