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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Bishop Provisions Rolled into Comprehensive GOP Energy Bill

July 23, 2008
Press Release

House Republican leaders today introduced their comprehensive, "all-of-the-above" energy legislation, and in doing so relied heavily on provisions already contained in energy legislation authored by Congressman Rob Bishop, according to the Utah lawmaker's office.

H.R. 6566, the American Energy Act, was rolled out in a press conference on the West steps of the U.S. Capitol today, and aims to increase the supply of American-made energy, improve conservation and efficiency, and promote renewable and alternative energy technologies.  Sources within House GOP Leadership had told Congressman Bishop's office earlier this week that many of the main provisions within H.R. 6384, Mr. Bishop's energy bill, would be incorporated into this new legislation, and that indeed turned out to be the case today.

"It's flattering I guess when your work is picked up by others," Congressman Bishop said.  "But I'm less worried about being flattered and more about actually getting something done that will increase American supplies and lower costs for consumers.  So I'm grateful to Republican Leadership for taking so many of our provisions and working them into this new comprehensive energy bill."

Major provisions in the new bill which mirror provisions in Congressman Bishop's bill include exploring the Outer Continental Shelf, drilling in the Arctic coastal plain, developing oil shale resources, increasing refinery capacity, and establishing an energy trust fund.

Congressman Bishop's legislation got specific mention in four other areas: eliminating barriers to the expansion of emission-free nuclear power production, providing a monetary prize for developing the first economically feasible, super-fuel-efficient vehicle, promoting coal-to-liquids technology, and repealing what is known as "Section 526" which currently prohibits government purchasing of alternative energy.

"I think it's a real compliment to Rob and his personal efforts that he had so many provisions all ready to go to be rolled into this new comprehensive bill," Bishop spokesman Scott Parker said.  "They obviously didn't use our entire bill, which would have been ideal, but we feel good that they could draw upon Rob's legislation in so many places for this main Republican bill."

According to the Congressman's office, he will continue to push his own legislation, which was introduced on behalf of the Congressional Western Caucus, and at the same time support the new Republican energy bill as well.  Both bills focus on areas of conservation, production, and innovation, which Representative Bishop has long advocated.

"There isn't going to be one single answer to our energy problems," Congressman Bishop said, "so we've got to make sure we're dealing with legislation like these two bills that keep so many options on the table.  An ‘all-of-the-above' approach will help get America the energy independence it needs and get Americans the energy relief they deserve."

More detailed information on the American Energy Act introduced today can be found at: