Tag: Energy Independence

Senators Offer Measure to Free America from Overseas Oil

Washington, D.C. – Just days before Independence Day, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (OR), Tom Carper (DE), Tom Udall (NM), and Michael Bennet (CO) introduced legislation to eliminate our dependence on overseas oil, strengthen national security, and create jobs.   The Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act of 2011 will set

Merkley, Alexander Introduce Bill to Jump-Start Electric Vehicles

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today introduced the “Promoting Electric Vehicles Act” to provide temporary encouragement for the development and use of plug-in electric motor vehicles nationwide. The bill would create limited, short-term “deployment communities” across the country in order to help jump-start the market

Merkley Statement on Soaring Profits for Big Oil

Washington, D.C. – Two of the world’s biggest oil companies announced billions in profits today and the rest of the industry is expected to post similarly high numbers later this week.  BP recorded a first-quarter profit of $7.1 billion and ConocoPhillips recorded a $3.03 billion profit – and yet gas


Washington, D.C. – A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) finds that Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley’s oil independence plan would produce the largest savings by the year 2030 of nine proposals issued since 2006.  Senator Merkley released his “America Over a Barrel” plan last year

Merkley and Snowe Introduce Bipartisan Energy Security Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Obama discussed strategies to reduce American dependence on foreign oil Wednesday, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation that sets a goal of ending America’s dependence on overseas oil by 2030.  The Energy Security Act of 2011 would establish a National

Merkley Calls for Crack Down on Oil Speculation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley today pushed to corral speculators who’re feverishly trading oil contracts and driving up the price of gas.  Merkley joined more than a dozen U.S. senators to press regulators for an immediate crackdown. The senators are pushing for tougher regulation because new data shows

Merkley Calls For Action To Lower Gas Prices

BEND, OR — With oil and gas prices increasing considerably over the last couple of weeks, Jeff Merkley and several other senators have called on President Obama to act now to lower the price at the pump. Merkley, a guest Thursday morning on Wake Up Bend!, said a small portion

Senators Ask Obama for Swift Action to Lower Gas Prices

Washington, DC – With gas prices skyrocketing across the nation, a group of six senators, including Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, called on President Obama to sell off a small portion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to help bring down the price at the pump.  The senators called for investing

Merkley asks Obama to release oil from petroleum reserve

Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has joined five other senators asking President Obama to take steps that might hold down the price of gasoline. Merkley, a Portland Democrat, joined Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Barbara Boxer of California, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kirsten