Contributed by Mary Mostert, Banner of Liberty
For all US voters:
You may have heard about Congressman Chris Cannon's bill, HR 6211 which would enable President Bush to regain his Constitutional authority to make decisions all presidents could make from George Washington to Jimmy Carter until decisions on our natural resources were turned over to paid bureaucrats rather than elected officials. This bill would open up Utah, Colorado and Wyoming oil shale production quickly and has been endorsed by President Bush.
This petition to the US congress is posted on the Banner of Liberty website. I urge you to read the information below, and e-mail me your desire to add your name to the petition. Click Here to Add your name, e-mail, city and state to the Access Oil Shale Petition and mail to: Mary@bannerofliberty.com.
Read the information below the petition to better understand why this could make a huge impact and then forward this e-mail to everyone you know and urge them to do the same!
Mary Mostert TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
Support Rep. Cannon's H.R. 6211 Bill Please add my name to the "Access Oil Shale Petition." I strongly support passage of HR 6211 which will restore the President's Constitutional Executive authority to determine the quickest and most responsible way to access oil shale resources on Federal lands, thereby allowing Americans to quickly develop needed domestic oil and gasoline supplies at a reasonable cost.
I will vote against any member of Congress or candidate that refuses to support action now to open federal lands to immediate production of oil from oil shale. The technology already exists that would allow $30 a barrel oil to be produced in Utah by the end of 2008 - if President Bush could regain the authority given to all presidents in the United States - until 1980. To Read Rep. Cannon's Oil Shale Opportunity Act of 2008 click here. Click here to Read EIA data on US foreign oil dependency. Join the nationwide grassroots movement to insist that Congress immediately consider and pass HR 6211 introduced by Rep. Cannon to end regulations that prevent use of domestic oil resources!
Congressman Chris Cannon (R-UT) has come up with a brilliant and rapid solution to the rising cost of gasoline, which has been caused by stifling regulation that has taken place over the years in Federal bureaucracies. On June 9, 2008, Rep. Cannon introduced H.R. 6211 to "Allow Americans the opportunity to see their vast oil shale and tar sands resources on Federal lands developed by providing the President with the ability to determine the quickest and most responsible way to access oil shale resources."
In those 95 words this bill returns to the President of the United States the authority given to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933 by the
U.S. Congress and all presidents since that time by the National Industrial Recovery Act. In 1934 the National Resources Board was funded which consisted of Roosevelt's Secretary of the Interior (who became chairman) the Secretary of War, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Labor, and the Federal Emergency Relief Administrator. At the time, clearly the President exerted the Constitutional executive power to make decisions concerning the nation's natural resources.
While Title I of the National Industrial Recovery Act was declared unconstitutional, the National Resources Board (NRA) has existed since that time, although it was reorganized in 1939. The Works Project Administration (WPA) was created based on the second part of the NRA. The WPA went on to spend billions on reforestation, flood control, rural electrification, water works, (including dams), sewage plants, school buildings, slum clearance, student scholarships, and other projects. The National Resources Board was reorganized in 1939, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.
With each "reorganization" Title 5, Chapter 5, Subchapter II of the US Code grew. By the late 1970s, when the last reorganization was made by President Jimmy Carter, the environmental and regulatory requirements pertaining to nuclear reactors, oil and natural gas production, and use of resources of federal lands had become so complex, costly and time-consuming that there have been no changes in these regulations since May of 1980 - 28 years ago. Meanwhile, our domestic oil production has stagnated to the point that our nation is forced to import 60% of the crude oil and petroleum products we use. In spite of having more oil than Saudi Arabia in our own natural resources, according to the Federal Government's Energy Information Administration, since 1980 while our use of petroleum has gone up by about third, our domestic production has gone down by about a third.
Article II, Section I of the United States Constitution states that "The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America " not in layer after layer after layer of regulations created by unelected bureaucrats. The energy crisis is rapidly becoming a very real national emergency and the only person with the constitutional authority to resolve the problem quickly is the President.
From: Banner of Liberty
Gavin Grooms, President