What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Oil & Gas Industry : H.R. 6. Energy Policy/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Include a Moratorium on Offshore Oil Drilling Operations in the Conference Committee Version of the Legislation. (2003 house Roll Call 540)
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H.R. 6. Energy Policy/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Include a Moratorium on Offshore Oil Drilling Operations in the Conference Committee Version of the Legislation.
house Roll Call 540     Oct 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

Earlier in the congressional session, both the House and the Senate adopted legislation to overhaul the nation's energy policies. To reconcile differences between the two versions of the legislation, a conference committee was convened to produce a final legislative product. In an effort to influence the policy debate within the conference committee, Congresswoman Capps (D-CA) motioned to instruct House conferees to maintain language in the House version of the bill which would place a moratorium on new offshore oil drilling operations. Progressives supported Capps's motion because, in their view, U.S. energy policies should address the demand for energy-and not just energy supplies-through proposals such as improved fuel economy in automobiles and the development of sustainable energy sources such as solar and wind power. In other words, Progressives argued that the U.S. should not try to "drill out" of its dependence on oil because domestic oil production, even with expanded oil drilling operations, can only satisfy a small fraction of total U.S. oil consumption. Conservatives opposed the motion to instruct. In their view, an expansion in domestic oil production would reduce U.S. dependence on Middle-Eastern oil. On a vote of 229-182, the Capps motion was successful and House conferees were instructed to include the moratorium on offshore oil drilling operations in the conference committee version of the energy legislation.

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