From Energycurrent.com, H/T www.ocsbbs.com
The group, led by Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, and including fellow Texas Democratic Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Green, Charlie Gonzalez and Henry Cuellar, made their pitch late Tuesday, a day before the House Budget Committee was set to take the first steps in considering the Obama administration's $3.6 trillion budget proposal.
In a letter to Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, D-S.C., the group warned that proposals in the budget to slash tax incentives used by oil and natural gas developers could increase the costs of energy production and reduce energy supplies. [emphasis added]
The lawmakers said in their letter that they support Obama's goals to "end our addiction to foreign oil, invest in clean, renewable energy and transition to a low-carbon economy," but that a comprehensive energy policy must recognize the role of natural gas and oil.
And they are concerned that some of the proposed tax increases could affect small and independent producers disproportionately. [Concerned? That's exactly what the proposals are designed to do! - ed.]
"Clean-burning natural gas is required to make energy-efficient products, make wind turbine blades and solar panels, provide backup power to renewable energy projects and run biomass facilities," the group wrote.
"If we make it more expensive or difficult to produce natural gas domestically, it will hinder our ability to meet our clean energy goals while also increasing natural gas prices for all Americans."
Folks, this is nothing but common sense. The Obama Administration has taken on the energy industry, and indirectly the energy-producing states, in an apparently single-minded quest to purge any vestige of influence that people that actually know something about energy had during the Bush Administration.