Bill will raise energy prices in S.C.

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By The Staff

U.S. Rep. John Spratt has voted for HR 3534 (CLEAR Act) on July 30, 2010. HR 3534 is a thinly disguised permanent roadblock to American energy which drives American companies out of the Gulf, delays future drilling, increases dependency on foreign oil and implements climate change legislation and youth education programs. But most importantly, it mandates membership in the Law of the Sea Treaty without the required two-thirds vote to ratify it in the U.S. Senate.

This bill assesses a Conservation Fee of $2 per barrel of oil and 20 cents per million BTUs of natural gas for all leases on federal onshore and offshore lands (Section 802). This will jettison America’s energy prices for oil and gas through the roof.

I’ve contacted both United States and South Carolina senators to not vote for this or a similar bill in the United States. I’ve also contacted Rep. John Spratt letting him know my displeasure at him for voting for such a horrible bill that will almost certainly raise energy prices for South Carolina families.


James Hewett IV