January 16, 2009
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IER: New Offshore Plan First Step to Putting U.S. on Path to Economic, Energy Security

Washington, DC –The Institute for Energy Research (IER) today applauded the outlines of a new plan for delivering affordable, secure energy resources to the American people, part of a “draft proposed program” prepared by the federal Mineral Management Service (MMS) and designed to set the course for future domestic energy exploration offshore. The new five-year plan contemplates the future exploration of areas previously locked away under layers of outdated, largely duplicative moratoria.  The complete plan, according to MMS, will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 21.

IER president Thomas J. Pyle issued the following statement:

“With the release of this outline today, the federal government is actively positioning itself to confront the failures of the past and take its first meaningful steps toward delivering our country and its people a secure, affordable energy future. As lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to work on a government-directed, ‘green jobs’ plan to stimulate our economy, today’s announcement presents our country with two very different choices: either we can spend massive amounts of taxpayer money on energy that’s less reliable, less affordable, and less powerful, or we can generate massive new revenues for the taxpayer by producing energy that’s more reliable, much more affordable, and significantly more powerful.

“Today’s news is long overdue, but it hardly could have come at a better time for an economy that’s hemorrhaging jobs, searching for revenue, and in desperate need of a long-term energy strategy. Each one of these crises could be confronted and neutralized if we were to put in motion a serious plan to develop even a portion of America’s abundant offshore energy resources. Today, the outlines of such a plan were finally revealed. It’s now up to the new Congress and incoming administration to see this plan through completion.”

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The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER maintains that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society.


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