E-MAIL received Feb. 10, 2011

Newt Gingrich at CPAC:
We Need An All-American Energy Plan to Replace Obama’s War on American Energy
Gingrich Calls on Americans to Demand an All-American Energy Plan and a New Environmental Solutions Agency to Create Jobs and Prosperity, Protect the Environment, and Help Keep America Safe

1. An All-American Energy Plan will aggressively develop all sources of American energy: oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear, solar, bio-fuels.  American prosperity and national security are dependent on abundant, low cost American energy supplies. Abundant energy supplies and low energy prices are essential to Americans living longer and living better.

2. A new Environmental Solutions Agency should replace the EPA.  The EPA has transformed from an agency designed to “protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment” into a job-killing, centralizing engine of ideological litigation and regulation that blocks economic progress.  It should be replaced with an agency that brings together science, technology, entrepreneurs, incentives, and local governments to maintain a clean environment and a strong economy.
Stopping President Obama’s War Against American Energy
- The recent moratorium on oil drilling and the refusal to process new permits will cause a 13% drop in production this year (in 2009, oil production had been forecast to increase by 6% in 2011). A recent Wood Mackenzie analysis found that more than 100,000 Americans will be in danger of losing their jobs in 2015 due to permitting delays and rig relocations.

- The EPA recently issued, and then canceled, an air quality permit for Shell Oil to drill in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, even though the company has had a government-approved lease since 2006 and spent more than $3 billion on the project. The EPA’s tactic of delaying energy production forced Shell to withdraw from the project altogether earlier this year, a decision that impacts more than 800 jobs in Alaska and preventing development of billions of barrels of American oil.

- Proposed EPA rules and regulations on sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, industrial boilers, and water intake systems would impose costs of $200 billion over the next 3-5 years – costs that will be passed along to consumers in the form of dramatically higher electricity prices – and could force the closing of as many as 30% of America’s coal plants.

- Pushing for the EPA to regulate carbon, and thereby control the entire U.S. economy, will cost more than 500,000 jobs each year, according to the Heritage Foundation.

- The EPA recently voided a previously-approved Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 mine in West Virginia, costing more than 200 jobs and discouraging additional energy investment.
Find out more about an American Energy Plan and read the latest discussion draft of the Environmental Solutions Agency at www.AmericanSolutions.com
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