Want to stay up-to-date with the current acts being passed through our legislative? Check out this bill that is proposing a $5,000 fee for those wanting to oppose a drilling project.
To top it off the bill also discusses the topic of oil shale drilling and commercializing it throughout the West. Climate Progress produced an article discussing this issue; “[Oil shale drilling is] a controversial type of production that has been largely banned by the United States since President Herbert Hoover prohibited the leasing of federal lands for oil shale. Oil shale — which should not be confused with the more common “shale oil” — is a type of rock that needs to be heated to nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit to produce crude oil, which then has to be refined. Jessica Goad, research manager of the Center for American Progress’ Public Lands Project has said the process of producing oil shale “takes a large amount of energy and money, as well as 3-5 barrels of water per barrel of oil produced, a dangerous issue in the parched West.” The Natural Resources Defense Council calls it ‘the dirtiest fuel on the planet’.”
“It would make America the new Sadia Arabia of oil shale drilling”
Which makes one wonder why this bill is being proposed to begin with; didn’t Congress just agree to the big topic of Climate Change? Isn’t the UN right now as we speak having meeting upon meeting about Climate Change and proposing ideas upon ideas on how to combat and prepare for it?
Overall take a look at this bill here.
Also take a look at these articles breaking down this bill and discussing it’s repercussions.
– Committee on Natural Resources: Legislative Introduced to Protect and Expand Energy Production on Federal Lands
– Platts McGraw Hill Financial: US House of Representatives Release Bills for More Oil, Gas Drilling
– Freedom Works: Capitol Hill Update, 18 November, 2013
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