January 26, 2015 - Issue: Vol. 161, No. 12 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 1st Session
ANWR DESIGNATION IS AN ENERGY MORATORIUM; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 12
(House of Representatives - January 26, 2015)
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[Page H555] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ANWR DESIGNATION IS AN ENERGY MORATORIUM (Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address an area of great concern. The Obama administration has just announced their intention to designate more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska as wilderness. Now, this move would place a de facto moratorium on oil and gas production on the largest onshore, unexplored, and potentially productive areas in the United States. While this area only represents about 8 percent of the total size of ANWR, the Energy Information Administration suggests a great potential for the recovery of oil and gas based upon nearby plays in Canada. Mr. Speaker, the President often touts America's move towards greater energy independence. The irony is that most of that, much of this production has occurred on private lands and by private hands. Placing new prohibitions on Federal lands is simply doublespeak. Thomas Edison once said, and I quote, ``Seeming to do is not doing.'' Mr. Speaker, while we may not be focused on energy prices at the moment, planning for the future is as prudent as it is wise. I encourage the administration to think about our future. The American people deserve as much. ____________________