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US House Committee on Natural Resources (Majority) Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“The fact is that the Nation simply cannot drill its way to lower prices at the pump. Other options, from greater energy
efficiencies to the development of alternative fuels, are essential to reducing dependency on petroleum fuels and lowering fuel costs.”

“The Truth About America’s Energy: Big Oil Stockpiles Supplies and Pockets Profits,” available on the US House Committee on Natural Resources website, June 2008


“Jurisdiction of the Committee on Natural Resources…

  • Fisheries and wildlife, including research, restoration, refuges, and conservation.
  • Forest reserves and national parks created from the public domain.
  • Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, including alien ownership of mineral lands.
  • Geological Survey.
  • International fishing agreements.
  • Interstate compacts relating to apportionment of waters for irrigation purposes.
  • Irrigation and reclamation, including water supply for reclamation projects and easements of public lands for irrigation projects; and acquisition of private lands when necessary to complete irrigation projects.
  • Native Americans generally, including the care and allotment of Native American lands and general and special measures relating to claims that are paid out of Native American funds.
  • Insular possessions of the United States generally (except those affecting the revenue and appropriations).
  • Military parks and battlefields, national cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior, parks within the District of Columbia, and the erection of monuments to the memory of individuals.
  • Mineral land laws and claims and entries thereunder.
  • Mineral resources of public lands.
  • Mining interests generally.
  • Mining schools and experimental stations.
  • Marine affairs, including coastal zone management (except for measures relating to oil and other pollution of navigable waters).
  • Oceanography.
  • Petroleum conservation on public lands and conservation of the radium supply in the United States.
  • Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain.
  • Public lands generally, including entry, easements, and grazing thereon.
  • Relations of the United States with Native Americans and Native American tribes.
  • Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline (except ratemaking).”

“Jurisdiction,” (accessed Oct. 16, 2008)


“[T]his Committee exercises responsibility over matters that enrich America and all Americans – from the natural and historic heritage of our National Parks and forests to the majesty of our oceans and wilderness areas…

[W]e have a duty to oversee development of energy sources and hardrock minerals while also ensuring that our natural treasures are preserved for our nation’s most precious resource of all – the people, the heart and soul of America…

[W]e must continue to ensure justice and vitality for Native Americans, who have nurtured and cherished our land from long ago, and who continue today as stewards of some of its greatest beauties and natural gifts.”

“About the Committee,” (accessed Oct. 17, 2008)

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