Energy and Power Subcommittee Launches Hearing Series on "American Energy Initiative" THURSDAY

March 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), will host the first component of the committee's "American Energy Initiative" hearing on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in room 2123 of Rayburn House Office Building. 

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) unveiled the initiative at a press conference last week alongside other top House Republicans including Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton (R-MI). Thursday's hearing will focus on oil supplies, gasoline prices, and jobs in the Gulf of Mexico.  Recent global events in Libya and the Middle East have provided a sharp reminder of the potential for an oil-supply disruption, underscoring our own nation's energy vulnerabilities. As gasoline prices continue to rise, approaching $4.00 per gallon, the nation can no longer afford policies that lock away our domestic oil-and-gas resources and thwart job growth.  We must pursue a new American Energy Initiative to fortify our energy security and provide for high-paying American jobs.

The hearing is open to the public and press. Opening statements, witness testimony, and a live webcast will be available online at

Witness List

Jim Noe
Executive Director
Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition

Lucian Pugliaresi
Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc.

Jim Adams
Offshore Marine Service Association

Rip Daniels
CEO/Manager, WJZD-FM
Vice President, Mississippi Gulf Coast Tourism Commission

Dr. Joseph R. Mason
E.J. Ourso School of Business
Louisiana State University

Dr. Mark Cooper
Research Director
Consumer Federation of America

Marty Massey
Chief Executive Officer
Marine Well Containment Company