Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on three important energy-related measures, and all four of Arkansas’s Congressmen stood on the side of hardworking Arkansans who need reliable, affordable energy for their everyday lives.
The first was the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016, which gives states flexibility in complying the EPA’s new ozone standard and will limit the economic harm that this regulation poses. If this new rule goes into effect, it will have a disproportionate impact on young people, low-income people, and minorities in terms of energy poverty and significant job losses. Thankfully, this legislation passed the House by a vote of 234-177.
The second vote was a resolution expressing disapproval of a carbon tax, which is essentially a national energy tax. The House passed this resolution even more overwhelmingly by a vote of 253-144. A national energy tax would raise the cost of electricity and gasoline, taking more money straight out of the pockets of millions of Americans who are living paycheck-to-paycheck.
The last measure was a resolution opposing President Obama’s $10-per-barrel oil tax. This proposed tax would be an economic disaster for low and moderate income families. As CNBC pointed out that the tax could be “the equivalent of 25 cents on every gallon of gasoline, heating oil and pound of plastics produced.” That would be devastating for seniors who live on a fixed income, as well those who have seen their wages stagnate over the last six years but have benefitted from the savings incurred through lower fuel prices.
Next time you see Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack, and Bruce Westerman, thank them for standing on the side of Arkansas energy consumers with these three important votes! Safe, reliable, and affordable energy has helped make America a place where individuals and families can improve their standard of living and pursue their dreams. But if we regulate ourselves out of prosperity, there will be real human consequences.