Kissell's weekly column

Damn this guy really pisses me off.
(emphasis mine is emboldened)

January 24, 2012

Energy costs have risen sharply in recent years, fueled by everything from rogue foreign governments to too many people in the United States government lining their own pockets. Few people recognize that we're an oil producing nation, and this past year we've set new records in oil and gas production—but I believe more must be done. For every step we take in the right direction, it seems that failed policies and political games take us three steps back. I want to take this opportunity to lay out some aspects of a comprehensive Energy plan that I support and believe will show positive results immediately—lowering costs, creating jobs and giving working families and small businesses the only thing they really want from government: a fair shot.

Keystone XL will create American jobs
This week brought news of the denial of the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. I support this project and will continue to work for its eventual approval. The partisan gamesmanship and political posturing that surrounded the debate ultimately harmed the very last group of people who deserve it—American workers. This could be a missed opportunity that would create jobs immediately here in America, producing oil on our continent and keeping it here at home. We've already seen threats from China to step ahead of us and work to purchase this energy, a sad and dangerous reality of the cheap domestic oil we're set to miss out on if Washington doesn't get its act together.

The jobs that the Keystone XL pipeline will create are good opportunities for not only the prospective workers, but their families and communities. The House Energy and Commerce Committee estimates that the immediate impact of the Keystone XL pipeline could create thousands of jobs day one, and this is not an opportunity we can afford to waste. But the ongoing blame game in Washington continues to have a harmful effect on our economy, no matter which side you're on or who is to blame. Blame will never lower our gas prices, or the growing heating and oil bills so many of our seniors must find ways to afford, nor will it put food on our tables or clothe our children. We have to find a solution to get this project moving ahead and stop the bickering.

Drill here. Drill now. Pay less.
We need an energy plan that works for American families. For far too long, we've kowtowed to nations like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, our only interest being the fulfillment of our country's apparent addiction to high priced energy. If we don't preserve our domestic supply, and use it right here, we only end up further distancing ourselves from a solution. Selling our domestic oil to foreign nations, only to then have them sell it back to us at a higher rate, makes no economic sense and also shows little common sense on our part. We need to drill here, drill now and pay less—all at the benefit of our American workers and the American economy. We can safely and securely provide our nation with needed resources without harming the beautiful Carolina coast.

The Pickens Plan
Our nation has been blessed with an abundance of other sources of energy, from wind and solar to natural gas off our shores. I've long supported T. Boone Pickens' plan to increase our use of natural gas and incentivize its implementation. I was proud to cosponsor this plan in the 111th Congress, and I'm proud to be a cosponsor of it again in the 112th. The plan itself does not even call for an increase in natural gas supply, but rather an increase in the means and methods in which its use can be implemented. If we combined this common sense approach with an additional increase in natural gas recovery, we could see the benefits multiply exponentially. A reduction in our reliance on foreign oil, paired with lower oil prices and an affordable new form of energy, would cut costs for families and small businesses and create jobs in a growing and adapting new domestic industry. This is a common sense plan that many throughout our district support, and one I'll continue to support.

Stand up to China and see American-made solar panels power the world
While the International Trade Commission has made some recent progress in their ongoing investigation of illegal "dumping" of Chinese solar panels in US markets, yet another effort by China to flood our markets here with cheap products, there's still more work to be done. The Chinese government subsidizes its solar panel industry with over 30 billion dollars a year, and almost every product they create gets dumped in our markets. We have our own solar panel manufacturers right here in North Carolina, including many in our area like SBM Solar in Concord and Sencera in Charlotte, and we need to buy American and support them with a fair opportunity in our markets. China has tried to game the system at each and every turn, and it's time we put our foot down. We need our own Department of Commerce to immediately finalize their investigation and put pressure on the WTO to impose tariffs and find a way to block this assault on American jobs and business.

Our opportunity is here
We've seen failures in government hurt our economy before. Just as NAFTA and CAFTA shifted millions upon millions of our manufacturing jobs elsewhere, leaving our economy behind long before the recession started, so too will a failure to lead on energy. We need to take steps each and every day towards providing opportunity for the generations that follow us, and a smart and comprehensive energy plan will do just that. I'll continue to push for these measures at every opportunity, and I'll take the common sense ideas and solutions that I hear from all of you here at home back with me to Washington. Our families and small businesses deserve solutions, not bickering.


Larry Kissell
Member of Congress

Kissell's support of the Keystone pipeline proves the guy doesn't have the brains god gave a rubber duck.
The dirtiest oil on earth and he wants to get on the jobs creation soapbox... Ignorant Bullshit !

And then the "Pickins Plan". Are you smarter than a fifth grader?
Fracking has produced disastrous effects on water tables. Anyone who reads the news should know this.

I do agree with him that we have to get with the program and amp up solar production. It's ironic that on one hand he supports some of the dirtiest short term energy pursuits and then touts solar.
really hard to get where this guy is coming from...Oy
Another D.I.N.O.



The guy just ain't that smart

The guy just ain't that smart ... and seems unable to think more than a step ahead of yesterday.

Totally clueless

The only ones who will truly benefit from Keystone are the Koch brothers. Not only have they strung leaky pipelines all across this country, they've funneled hundreds of millions in profits into unseating Democrats just like Larry.

I didn't expect him to be a policy wonk, but I did expect him to have enough common sense not to fall for stupid stuff like this. I was wrong.

I couldn't believe my ears

listening to the State of the Union Address last night. The president is spouting this drill here, drill now hogwash too. 75% of offshore open for drilling? That better not mean NC. I can see myself clinging to the side of a Greenpeace boat out at sea with a big butterfly net waiting for anyone who tries to do that.

I don't know what happened to Kissell

His campaign promises versus his votes and actions are entirely different things. Some people say "well, he's better than what we had" and I suppose that's true. Still, it doesn't excuse what he has become.

Stan Bozarth