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May 17, 2011

Infrastructure, Jobs, and Energy Independence Act

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The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Murphy) for 5 minutes.

Mr. MURPHY of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, a gallon of gas is over $4, heading to $5. The average family spends $2,200 more on gas than they did 2 years ago. Fourteen million Americans are out of work and wondering how they are going to put food on the table. America's infrastructure is crumbling. A quarter of our bridges are structurally deficient.

The American Society of Civil Engineers says all our infrastructure needs are going to cost over $2 trillion for roads, bridges, water, sewer systems, airports, locks and dams. Where will we find the money?

Well, we send $100 billion each day to foreign nations for oil. OPEC exerts control over world oil prices and wants it to be $200 per barrel. We are 60 percent dependent on foreign oil, and climbing. As a country, we waste 20 to 40 percent of our energy in inefficient buildings and factories.

Mr. Speaker, we want clean air and water. We want to see our highways and bridges fixed. We want clean power plants, lower energy prices, and don't pollute our environment. But where will the money come from?

Today, my colleagues and I on the Energy Working Group are introducing the Infrastructure, Jobs, and Energy Independence Act, a bipartisan bill that for the first time brings forward a comprehensive plan to rebuild America, take back our energy future, and create millions of jobs. We can become energy independent, we can create these jobs, and we can do it all without raising taxes or adding to the national debt.

How? Well, America has enough offshore reserves to replace all oil imports from Venezuela and Saudi Arabia for the next 80 years and enough clean natural gas to power industry for the next 63 years. Yet the drilling moratorium means that instead of using our own resources to grow jobs, we are supporting the economies of unstable regimes that want to do us harm.

Our plan opens the door to the safe, responsible expansion of energy production off our coasts, where there is $8 trillion worth of economic output in oil and gas reserves offshore. Over 20 years, that translates to between $2.5 trillion and $3.7 trillion in new Federal revenues, from lease rights and royalties, without raising taxes.

That is $440 billion for infrastructure of our roads and bridges; $330 billion that we will invest in renewable energy sources and buildings and transportation; $220 billion for clean coal technology; $88 billion for environmental restoration to clean up our lakes, bays, rivers and streams; $66 billion in energy conservation; $110 billion for carbon-free technology and nuclear energy development; $66 billion to rebuild our water and sewer systems in small towns and big cities all across America; $44 billion for LIHEAP; and $660 billion for States that are producing; and also several hundred billion to pay down the national debt.

Mr. Speaker, there is a plan for jobs and energy in America, and this is the plan that estimates are will create about 1 million jobs each year, new jobs in building highways and bridges, new jobs in developing our energy resources. And we can do it all.

I ask my colleagues to support the Infrastructure, Jobs, and Energy Independence Act. Let's rebuild America, let's create jobs without raising taxes, let's stop borrowing from foreign nations, let's pay down our national debt, let's stop buying from OPEC, and let's use our rules and our laws to make sure we do all of this in a way that is environmentally sound so we can create jobs and have energy independence for this and the next generation.

(House of Representatives - May 12, 2011)

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