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Politics: The Gavel
Pelosi to Boehner: Join Us to Lower Gas Prices
Speaker Pelosi sent the following letter today to House Republican Leader John Boehner in response to a letter sent to the Speaker yesterday by the GOP leadership.
Below is a text of the letter:
April 23, 2008
The Honorable John A. Boehner
House Republican Leader
H-204, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515
Thank you for your letter from the House GOP leadership yesterday on the issue of gas prices.
As you know, the New Direction Congress has passed several pieces of legislation to promote American energy independence, prevent the manipulation of oil prices, punish those who cheat consumers, and promote the development and use of renewable fuels.
The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels (NOPEC) Act - H.R. 2264
This legislation enables the Department of Justice to take legal action against OPEC-controlled entities for participating in oil cartels that drive up oil prices globally and in the United States. It does so by making clear that OPEC-controlled entities are not covered by the provisions of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act when acting in a commercial capacity; and it authorizes the Department of Justice to bring lawsuits in U.S. courts against cartel members. Passed: May 22, 2007; 345-72 (Dem: 220-5, Rep: 125-67).
The Energy Price Gouging Act ? H.R. 1252
This legislation will reduce the burden of rising gas prices on American families, providing immediate relief to consumers by giving the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the authority to investigate and punish those who artificially inflate the price of energy. It ensures the federal government has the tools it needs to adequately respond to energy emergencies and prohibit price gouging ? with a priority on refineries and big oil companies. Passed: May 23, 2007; 284-141 (Dem: 228-1, Rep: 56-140).
Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008 - H.R. 5351
With Exxon Mobil ranked as the most profitable company in 2007 today, it is unnecessary for taxpayers to subsidize Big Oil. This bill will end unnecessary subsidies to Big Oil companies and invest in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. It will extend and expand tax incentives for renewable electricity, energy and fuel, as well as for plug-in hybrid cars, and energy efficient homes, buildings, and appliances. These provisions are critical to creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. And the preservation of existing jobs relies on them too: a recent study showed that allowing the renewable energy incentives to expire would lead to about 116,000 jobs being lost in the wind and solar industries through the end of 2009. Passed: February 27, 2008; 236-182 (Dem: 219-8, Rep: 17-174).
Market Manipulation Provisions in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 ? signed into law in December ? made it unlawful for any person to report false information on the wholesale price of gasoline or petroleum and required the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce and punish those found guilty of market manipulation. It is imperative that the FTC act now to crack down on these abusive practices.
I have enclosed a chart that displays the Republican leadership?s record on these crucial pieces of legislation.
Yesterday, I wrote to the President encouraging him to support these initiatives. I hope that you will also join us in our effort.
Again, thank you for your letter, and I look forward to working together on behalf of America?s working families.
Speaker of the House
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