For Immediate Release: Contact:
May 25, 2005 Megan Owens, 734-662-6597
PIRGIM Scores House of Representatives on Energy Votes
Rep. Ehlers, Conyers vote 91% in public interest
With gasoline prices still at record levels and America’s dependence on oil increasing by the day, PIRGIM released an Energy Scorecard for the U.S. House of Representatives to educate the public on their elected officials’ positions on these important issues. Each congressmembers’ voting record is listed below.
On April 21st, the day before Earth Day, the House of Representatives passed an energy bill (H.R.6) that would weaken environmental and consumer protections and that would not address rising gasoline prices.
“America needs a new energy policy—one that will tackle our dependence on oil and give consumers relief at the pump while making us safer and more secure,” said Megan Owens, Field Director for PIRGIM. “We applaud Rep. Ehlers (R-Grand Rapids) and Rep. Conyers (D-Detroit) for supporting efforts to move us in the right direction and for opposing a do-nothing energy bill. However, we are disappointed with the voting record of Rep. Hoekstra, Camp, Knollenberg, Rogers, Miller, and McCotter on energy—there is no excuse for supporting an energy bill that will do nothing for the people of Michigan,” continued Owens.
Last year, the Department of Energy concluded that a virtually identical energy bill would actually increase gasoline prices in the short term while America’s imports of oil would increase by 85 percent by 2025. During debate on the energy bill this year, several members of Congress offered amendments to strike harmful provisions from the energy bill, while others tried to add measures that would significantly reduce America’s dependence on oil. All of the amendments to strengthen the bill were defeated.
The House energy bill includes $8 billion in tax breaks, 95 percent of which benefit conventional fossil fuel and nuclear power industries, with only 5 percent going to renewables and conservation. The House bill also weakens the ability of states and local communities to decide on the siting of dangerous liquefied natural gas terminals.
The Senate is expected to pass its own version of an energy bill sometime this summer.
“We urge Senators Levin and Stabenow to work for a much stronger energy bill,” said Owens. “A 21st century energy policy should include a strong oil savings amendment to reduce America’s dependence on oil, a renewable energy standard of at least 10 percent that will increase production of clean renewables such as wind, solar, and biomass, and a plan for reducing global warming emissions,” continued Owens. “Anything short of this isn’t worth the paper it’s written on,” concluded Owens.
Rep. Stupak (D-Menominee) – 73%
Rep. Hoekstra (R-Holland) – 0%
Rep. Ehlers (R-Grand Rapids) – 91%
Rep. Camp (R-Midland) – 0%
Rep. Kildee (D-Flint) – 82%)
Rep. Upton (R-St. Joseph) – 9%
Rep. Schwarz (R-Battle Creek) – 27%
Rep. Rogers (R-Brighton) – 0%
Rep. Knollenberg (R-Bloomfield Hills) – 0%
Rep. Miller (R-St. Clair Shores) – 0%
Rep. McCotter (R-Livonia) – 0%
Rep. Levin (D-Southfield) – 82%
Rep. Kilpatrick (D-Detroit) – 82%
Rep. Conyers (D-Detroit) – 91%
Rep. Dingell (D-Monroe) – 82%
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PIRGIM, the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan, is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest advocacy group that works throughout Michigan to preserve the environment, protect consumers and promote good government. www.PIRGIM.org
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