Rep Cory Gardner (CO-4) Gets it on Energy

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Rep Cory Gardner (CO-4) Gets it on Energy

This morn­ing I was on a con­fer­ence call con­cern­ing the Domes­tic Energy & Job Act which molds together a large col­lec­tion of energy leg­is­la­tion including:

  • Strate­gic Energy Pro­duc­tion Act of 2012, H.R. 4480 (Rep. Cory Gard­ner, CO-​4)
  • Gaso­line Reg­u­la­tions Act of 2012, H.R. 4471 (Rep. Ed Whit­field, KY-​1)
  • Plan­ning for Amer­i­can Energy Act of 2012, H.R.4381 (Rep. Scott Tip­ton, CO-​3)
  • Pro­vid­ing Leas­ing Cer­tainty for Amer­i­can Energy Act of 2012, H.R 4382 (Rep. Mike Coff­man, CO-​6)
  • Stream­lin­ing Per­mit­ting of Amer­i­can Energy Act of 2012, H.R. 4383 (Rep. Doug Lam­born, CO-​5)
  • The Stream­lin­ing Per­mit­ting of Amer­i­can Energy Act (H.R. 4383)
  • The National Petro­leum Reserve Alaska Access Act, H.R. 2150 (Rep. “Doc” Hast­ings, WA-​4)
  • The BLM Live Inter­net Auc­tions Act, H.R. 2752 (Rep. Bill John­son, OH-​6)

The call was Hosted by Major­ity Whip Kevin McCarthy (ca-​22), he was joined by Doc Hast­ings (WA-​4) Chair­man of the House Nat­ural Resources Com­mit­tee & Fresh­man Rep. Cory Gard­ner (CO-​4).

They made a pas­sion­ate case for their bill and dur­ing the Q & A stress­ing that gas although lower than a few months ago is still dou­ble the price it was when the admin­is­tra­tion came to office. Chair­man Hast­ings noted that Pres­i­dent Obama actions on energy: “His actions are 180 from his rhetoric” and that pro­duc­ers con­stantly inform him: ”Just tell me what the rules are and don’t change them, give me some cer­tainty” and noted states like North Dakota & Texas expe­ri­enced growth say­ing “…by hav­ing a pol­icy that pro­tects envi­ron­ment but allows extrac­tion it has fun­da­men­tally changed the sit­u­a­tion.

Major­ity Whip McCarthy sug­gested folks from the EPA put “per­sonal beliefs and philo­soph­i­cal beliefs” before their actual tasks and dur­ing hear­ings when it comes to the actual effects of reg­u­la­tions on Jobs: “One thing we’ve found in the hear­ings is they don’t eval­u­ate this …and what it actu­ally means.”

All valid points but it was Fresh­man Cory Gard­ner of Col­orado that made the most sig­nif­i­cant point when it comes to free­ing energy pro­duc­ers when answer­ing a ques­tion from Politico con­cern­ing North Dakota as an exam­ple. Rather than stick­ing to North Dakota he noted an exam­ple from his own state of Colorado.

In Weld County, CO. there are 31 oper­a­tors pro­duc­ing energy. Of those 31 com­pa­nies 2 of them paid a com­bined $209 mil­lion dol­lars in prop­erty taxes.

To put this in per­spec­tive the total bud­get of the county is $200 mil­lion.

Run those num­ber through your head a sec­ond. This is rev­enue not pro­duced by rais­ing taxes higher but sim­ply by let­ting com­pa­nies oper­ate and pay the taxes already on the books.

Pic­ture every state where the Gov­ern­ment has blocked this kind of action. Think of what this kind of thing would do for the bud­get bot­tom line. And that doesn’t even count the employ­ment taxes, social secu­rity taxes, income taxes, excise taxes and even fuel taxes that these busi­nesses and every sin­gle employee they hire will be pay­ing to local, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments sim­ply for the priv­i­lege of work­ing hard and mak­ing a money.

As Rep Cory Gard­ner said: “If we are going to unleash Amer­i­can Energy this is the best way to flip the switch

Maybe I’m old fash­ioned being the son of par­ents born in the 20’s but this makes sense to me.

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This morning I was on a conference call concerning the Domestic Energy & Job Act which molds together a large collection of energy legislation including:

  • Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012, H.R. 4480 (Rep. Cory Gardner, CO-4)
  • Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012, H.R. 4471 (Rep. Ed Whitfield, KY-1)
  • Planning for American Energy Act of 2012, H.R.4381 (Rep. Scott Tipton, CO-3)
  • Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012, H.R 4382 (Rep. Mike Coffman, CO-6)
  • Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act of 2012, H.R. 4383 (Rep. Doug Lamborn, CO-5)
  • The Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act (H.R. 4383)
  • The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act, H.R. 2150 (Rep. “Doc” Hastings, WA-4)
  • The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act, H.R. 2752 (Rep. Bill Johnson, OH-6)

The call was Hosted by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (ca-22), he was joined by Doc Hastings (WA-4) Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee & Freshman Rep. Cory Gardner (CO-4).

They made a passionate case for their bill and during the Q & A stressing that gas although lower than a few months ago is still double the price it was when the administration came to office. Chairman Hastings noted that President Obama actions on energy: “His actions are 180 from his rhetoric” and that producers constantly inform him: ”Just tell me what the rules are and don’t change them, give me some certainty” and noted states like North Dakota & Texas experienced growth saying “…by having a policy that protects environment but allows extraction it has fundamentally changed the situation.

Majority Whip McCarthy suggested folks from the EPA put “personal beliefs and philosophical beliefs” before their actual tasks and during hearings when it comes to the actual effects of regulations on Jobs: “One thing we’ve found in the hearings is they don’t evaluate this …and what it actually means.”

All valid points but it was Freshman Cory Gardner of Colorado that made the most significant point when it comes to freeing energy producers when answering a question from Politico concerning North Dakota as an example. Rather than sticking to North Dakota he noted an example from his own state of Colorado.

In Weld County, CO. there are 31 operators producing energy. Of those 31 companies 2 of them paid a combined $209 million dollars in property taxes.

To put this in perspective the total budget of the county is $200 million.

Run those number through your head a second. This is revenue not produced by raising taxes higher but simply by letting companies operate and pay the taxes already on the books.

Picture every state where the Government has blocked this kind of action. Think of what this kind of thing would do for the budget bottom line. And that doesn’t even count the employment taxes, social security taxes, income taxes, excise taxes and even fuel taxes that these businesses and every single employee they hire will be paying to local, state and federal governments simply for the privilege of working hard and making a money.

As Rep Cory Gardner said: “If we are going to unleash American Energy this is the best way to flip the switch

Maybe I’m old fashioned being the son of parents born in the 20’s but this makes sense to me.

Update: A related video