Congressman John Tanner finally got around to sending out his form letter to everyone who asked him to vote against the cap and trade bill. From said letter:
“…I have supported and will continue to support efforts to increase access to drilling for oil and gas off our coast and in Alaska…”
Thing is, last year he voted YES to PERMANENTLY ban access to 97% of the oil off of the California coast. He voted YES to continue the ban on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. He voted YES to ban drilling within 50 miles of Alaska.
The House Minority leader said at the time:
“We’re sitting here tonight in the midst of the biggest sham I’ve seen in my 18 years in Congress. It locks up 85% of the reserves on the OCS and removes incentives for states to allow drilling by denying them a share of the revenues.
John Tanner voted yes on HR 6899. He just told you that he supported drilling off of our coast and in Alaska. I don’t know how else to characterize that other than a lie.
Click here for the phone calls the day after this vote
Here is the same form letter everyone is getting:
Thank you for contacting our office to express your opposition to H.R. 2454, the “American Clean Energy and Security Act” also called the “cap and trade” bill. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me on this important issue.
I voted against the “cap and trade” legislation, which ultimately passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 212. While I believe that we must break our dependence on foreign sources of energy and that mankind has a responsibility to be a good steward of the environment, the “cap and trade” bill, in its current form, is not the right approach and comes at the wrong time.
H.R. 2454 is too complicated and could drive up energy costs for American households, businesses and farmers. I was supportive of a small improvement to the bill that made the legislation better for the agricultural community; however, overall the final legislation was fatally flawed, in my opinion. At a time when this country is still reeling from a severe economic downturn, I felt that passing H.R. 2454 was not the right way to move forward.
A responsible energy policy for America must center around three principles: responsible use of traditional resources, efforts to increase energy efficiency, and a real effort to diversify our energy portfolio. To this end, I have supported and will continue to support efforts to increase access to drilling for oil and gas off our coast and in Alaska, better energy efficiency standards, and investments in nuclear and alternative energy technology.
Again, thank you for your comments. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if I can be of any further assistance.