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War on Jobs: Obama Energy Ban Closes 85% of Offshore Areas

Posted: June 29, 2013 at 10:30 am   /   by

A White House advisor said this week that a “war on coal is exactly what’s needed,” but the Obama administration declared “war” on jobs and American energy long ago. Take offshore energy for example. The president imposed a ban locking up 85 percent of offshore areas that’s forced American companies to lay off workers and send jobs overseas. House Republicans will pass legislation this week to end it.

The Offshore Energy & Jobs Act (H.R. 2231) takes us from this to this by requiring the Obama administration “to move forward with new offshore energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources – including the Atlantic Coast and Pacific Coast.” H.R. 2231 will help create more than 1.2 million new American jobs, lower energy prices, and strengthen our economy.

Also up for a vote this week is the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act (H.R. 1613). This bill will open new areas to oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. It enacts terms of an agreement signed by the Obama administration that make development and production of these resources in the Gulf fairer for American companies.

Several organizations representing millions of Americans back these all-of-the-above energy efforts.

“The U.S. is blessed with a bounty of energy resources,” wrote the Chamber of Commerce. But current policies “act as barriers” to “the tremendous economic benefits energy production brings.” The GOP legislation “would further reduce imports while also creating jobs and economic activity at home.”

Lifting the president’s offshore energy ban is “is important in meeting our nation’s energy needs, breaking our dependence on foreign oil, and reducing prices for American small businesses, their employees and consumers,” says NFIB, the nation’s largest coalition of small business owners.

“Energy is the lifeblood of manufacturers,” wrote the National Association of Manufacturers. “And having a secure, reliable and affordable supply of energy is vital to our success.”

Each of these all-of-the-above energy bills is part of the Republican Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. As Speaker Boehner said last week, “Developing North America’s energy resources is, in my view, one of our best opportunities for robust and sustained growth.” Learn more about these efforts at and use the hash tag #UnlockOurEnergy on Twitter to join the discussion.

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War on Jobs: Obama Energy Ban Closes 85% of Offshore Areas