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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

In case you don’t remember, in 2009, gas was $1.84 a gallon. The average price now is hovering above $4 a gallon, which means the price of a gallon of gas has more than doubled in four years.

Now another party line vote in the U.S. House of Representatives has resulted in passage of the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, H.R. 2231, which U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup (OH-2) says is the House of Representatives’ comprehensive efforts to lower energy prices and secure energy independence. The vote, nearly completely along party lines, was 235-186.

Wenstrup said currently, 85 percent of America’s coast is closed to drilling under the Obama Administration, and this legislation takes “smart steps” towards opening up the country’s offshore oil reserves for exploration and development.

“I have long supported an all of the above energy plan, and that must include our resources below the ground. From the Marcellus Shale in Ohio to our offshore energy reserves, God has shed his grace on this land with an abundance of natural resources. H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, would finally allow access to off shore energy deposits, providing true energy security for our country and budget security for our families,” Wenstrup said. “Under President Obama, offshore drilling leases have been restricted to historic lows. At the same time, gas prices have climbed from $1.84 in 2009 to $4 in 2013. Opening up a greater area for offshore drilling under H.R. 2231 has the potential to create 250,000 short-term and over a million long-term domestic jobs.”

Wenstrup said the bill is both an energy plan and a jobs plan.

“While enabling the creation of hundreds of thousands of American jobs, it also drives down energy prices for all Americans,” Wenstrup said. “Despite President Obama’s war on coal, the House is working towards smart solutions to domestically meet our energy needs in an environmentally responsible way. Americans cannot afford a new normal of $4 gas and 7 percent unemployment under this administration.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.

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