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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

House Members Sign Declaration of Energy Independence

June 27, 2008
Op-Ed and Speech

Just days before the Independence Day holiday, multiple GOP Members of the House, including Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah, gathered in a room in the U.S. Capitol to sign a Declaration of American Energy Independence.  The text is below, and a PDF of the complete document can be found here :

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve its dependence on foreign oil and force Congress to act to defend America by allowing environmentally sound development of the natural resources that God established in this country for the betterment of all Americans.

We hold these truths to be self-evident that Americans have suffered long enough and that Americans should not be dependent on foreign dictators like Hugo Chavez or any other nation that supports terror groups.  Americans have the need for energy independence to secure the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Congress should end the tyrannical rule over our nation by hostile foreign nations by encouraging more production of American energy from all of America's bountiful resources. To prove this, let these facts be aired to the People:

~ Congress has refused to enact laws necessary for American Energy Independence and Security;

~ Congress's hostility toward American-made energy has driven prices higher for gasoline, food, home heating fuel and the basic necessities of life, levying the heaviest burden on the poor and preventing them from exercising their own fundamental civil rights;

~ Congress's failure to act is costing America jobs, its technological edge and a highly trained workforce for the future; and

~ Congress's determination to keep Americans dependent on foreign energy harms our country and threatens our national security.

We, therefore, as citizens of the United States of America, petition Congress to enact laws and declare our nation a nation of energy independent and secure states, free from allegiance to foreign oil. As citizens and representatives of government, we call upon Congress to act now by enacting a comprehensive energy bill.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a view toward firm reliance on our nation's abundant resources, we refuse to sacrifice our jobs, our economy, our recreation, and our children's futures for lack of a domestic energy policy.