Congressman John Linder voted against HR 6899 (roll call here) and then had some harsh words for the Speaker:
The bill, he pointed out, would take away royalties from coastal states, including Georgia, giving energy companies permission to drill between 50 and 100 miles of the state’s coast for free.
“This phony attempt by Speaker Pelosi and her radical, left-wing, environmental lobbyist friends to convince the American people that this bill will increase energy production and lower prices for consumers is a transparent and obvious attempt at political gain,” he said. He voted against the bill Tuesday, along with 189 House colleagues from both parties. “The American people want real reform and real solutions to our energy problems. They deserve a chance to have their House vote on the Republican alternative energy bill, H.R. 6566, the ‘American Energy Act.'”
While Georgia’s oil would be free, Linder added that the bill would take away any possibility of exploration and development of reserves along the West Coast, since about 95 of California’s reserves are within 25 miles of the coastline and all of the known resources off the shores of Washington, Oregon and northern and central California are within 50 miles of shore.
No Georgia Republican voted for HR 6869.