House Energy Bill a Step in the Wrong Direction
"Whether it’s oil shale or offshore drilling, Congress must stop chasing the last barrel of oil and start pursuing our clean energy future," said NWF's Adam Kolton. "Americans deserve better energy choices that are both cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuels."
WASHINGTON, DC -- Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Taxpayer Protection Act (H.R. 6899). Adam Kolton, the National Wildlife Federation's senior director of congressional and federal affairs, said:
"While the House bill takes positive steps on renewable energy and energy efficient buildings, those provisions are outweighed by a last-minute change lifting a longstanding prohibition on commercial oil shale leasing. Much of the public attention around Congressional energy bills has been focused on offshore oil leasing provisions, but oil shale is an unconscionable environmental threat.
"Oil shale is a disaster not only for America's western wilderness and water supply but for our climate. Oil shale production also requires five gallons of water to produce one gallon of fuel, and the vast majority of shale is located in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming -- states with limited water resources. Oil shale production also creates five times more global warming pollution than conventional drilling and gasoline production. As the Senate takes up the energy debate, we hope senators will continue the oil shale moratorium while fighting for the most robust package of clean energy alternatives.
"Whether it's oil shale or offshore drilling, Congress must stop chasing the last barrel of oil and start pursuing our clean energy future. Americans deserve better energy choices that are both cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuels. Alternative energy sources and energy-saving technologies will free us from our dependency on expensive fossil fuels, recharge America's economy and solve the climate crisis.
"America is on the verge of an explosion of clean energy jobs. It's time for Congress to light the fuse."
Find much more detail on why oil shale is so disastrous for our land, water and climate in the National Wildlife Federation's oil shale fact sheet:
Oil Shale (pdf)
Learn more about the real solutions that would cut our energy costs and ease our addiction to fossil fuels in the National Wildlife Federation's "Don't be Fooled" fact sheet:
Don't be Fooled by Big Oil (pdf)
The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.
For Immediate Release
September 16, 2008
Contact: Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation, 703-864-9599 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org