Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and House Republican colleagues from Colorado joined other representatives in introducing legislation at the nation’s capital yesterday as part of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.
The package of domestic energy production legislation is aimed at reducing energy costs and fueling economic growth and job creation, according to a news release from Gardner’s office.
H.R. 4480, called the Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012, links a drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to increasing oil and gas leases on federal land.
“Our country is in desperate need of a national energy strategy, and increasing domestic production should be a major component of that plan,” Gardner said in the release.
“By increasing oil and gas leases on federal land to match what is released from our emergency energy reserves, we can turn a short-term supply fix into a long-term policy that promotes America’s energy independence.”
Colorado’s GOP representatives have been very active in calling for a comprehensive energy agenda. Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn also also have bills contained in the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.
“It is no surprise that Colorado members are playing a major role in shaping this national energy policy considering our state is home to a diverse group of energy producers,” Gardner said. “We truly embrace an ‘all of the above’ strategy in Colorado that includes solar, wind, oil, natural gas and coal.”