Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pelosi: President Should Push OPEC for Increased Production, Abandon His 'Drill and Veto' Policies

13 May 2008 17:45 Africa/Lagos


Pelosi: President Should Push OPEC for Increased Production, Abandon His 'Drill and Veto' Policies

WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement prior to President Bush departing today on a five-day trip to the Middle East, including a stop in Saudi Arabia on Friday:


"The White House has indicated that President Bush will push Saudi officials for OPEC to increase production in an effort to bring down prices for American consumers. As the largest oil producer and exporter, Saudi Arabia is uniquely positioned to influence the price at the pump and the President must use his close ties to help consumers who are in desperate need of relief.


"While I hope the President will return with concrete assurances that OPEC will take swift action to bring down prices, in the past the Administration's calls have been ineffective, making it all the more necessary for Congress to step in to help American consumers.


"Today, the House and Senate will take action to temporarily suspend filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, directing the Administration to take action that the President has refused to do. By Memorial Day, the House will act on a new bill that will crack down on possible price fixing by OPEC-controlled entities.


"Two years ago, the President declared in his State of the Union that the United States was 'addicted to oil.' In his seven years in office, the President's energy policies have left us more dependent on foreign sources of oil, and, as costs skyrocket, the President continues to call for increased domestic drilling while threatening to veto any legislation that would provide relief to consumers.


"The President and Congressional Republicans have spent the last seven years doling out billions of dollars in subsidies to the Big Oil companies, instead of working toward energy independence. As gas prices have hit new records all spring, the President has repeatedly rejected Democratic proposals to invest in renewable energy sources, hold OPEC accountable for its cartel-pricing activities, investigate and punish price gougers, temporarily halt filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and repeal the unnecessary subsidies to Big Oil in a time of record profits.


"The President should reverse his 'drill and veto' policies and return from his Middle East trip with firm guarantees from OPEC for increased production levels that will decrease the price at the pump for American consumers."


Source: Office of the Speaker of the House

CONTACT: Brendan Daly or Drew Hammill, +1-202-226-7616, both of the
Office of the Speaker of the House


Web Site: http://www.speaker.gov/

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