Dismayed by the “muddle that we currently know as federal energy regulatory policy,” the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Monday published her own energy vision for the future.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R- AK) unveiled “Energy 20/20: A Vision for America’s Energy Future” at the winter committee meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
The nation’s energy discourse is “just not keeping up” with recent changes in the energy industry, she said. “For decades, our energy policies have been crafted on the premise of increasing scarcity, yet today we have increasing supply. Instead of absence, we find ourselves on the verge of abundance. It is time to take advantage of the U.S.’s large endowment of conventional and unconventional resources,” Murkowski said. “We must strive to produce the largest possible percentage of our oil domestically.”
Energy 20/20 reflects the senator’s well established pro-energy development stance (see Daily GPI, May 18, 2012). “A simple insight drives this,” she said. “Energy is good.”
Murkowski said Energy 20/20 is not meant to be an outline for a comprehensive energy bill, but a “source of ideas for discrete legislation.” The 100-plus page document contains 200 policy recommendations on topics ranging from oil and gas to coal and global warming. It aims to achieve independence from OPEC imports by 2020. Included in the recommendations are:
Energy 20/20 does not call for any tax hikes, “burdensome” regulations or limitations on consumer choice, which Murkowski said are hampering energy sector development.
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