A Comparison of the Two Proposed Energy Bills

Monday, June 6, 2011

In an article today by Robert Zubrin, president of the aerospace-engineering firm Pioneer Astronautics, a fellow with the Center for Security Policy, and the author of Energy Victory, he compares the Open Fuel Standard with another bill that focuses on natural gas cars.

I was going to summarize the article for you, but it is so good, I urge you to read the whole thing. And share it. Here are the first two paragraphs:

Americans are currently being heavily taxed by the governments of the OPEC cartel, who are using a policy of restricting oil production to drive up prices. Indeed, with prices inflated to the $100-per-barrel range, America’s 5 billion barrels per year of petroleum imports will cost our economy $500 billion, an amount equal to 25 percent of the federal government’s tax receipts or, alternatively, the nation’s whole balance-of-trade deficit.

The only way to break the power of the oil cartel to set global liquid-fuel prices is to open the market to competition from non-petroleum-based fuels. With this in mind, two bipartisan bills have recently been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. One is H.R. 1380, known as the “New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act,” or “NAT GAS Act” for short. The other is H.R. 1687, the Open Fuel Standards Act. The approaches adopted in these two pieces of legislation are very different.

Read the rest by clicking here. And please share this article with everyone you know. Our representatives will be considering these two bills and possibly voting on them, and their decision has enormous consequences. Let your representative know where you stand. Click here to find out how.

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