GOP Tapped to Manage Energy Development

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"The five Republicans have supported fossil fuel-resource expansion."

U.S. Representative Doc Hastings, the incoming chairman of the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, on Wednesday appointed the five Republicans who will help oversee energy development on federal lands.

Hastings' picks to lead the subcommittees of the House Natural Resources Committee include Republicans who have generally supported expanded development of fossil fuel resources in the past—a clear mark of the shift to a Republican-led House.

Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn, who will chair the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, has written on his website that domestic production of oil and natural gas should be expanded.

"It is all well and good to propose measures that may pay off decades in the future, such as alternative energy research and higher [Corporate Average Fuel Economy] standards for vehicles. The most urgent and immediate solution, though, is to ramp-up domestic production of oil and gas right now," Lamborn wrote on his site.

California Representative Tom McClintock, who will take over leadership of the Water and Power Subcommittee, said in a campaign advertisement in 2008 that "liberals". . .were contributing to skyrocketing gasoline prices at the time by limiting development."

Hastings, a Washington Republican, also tapped Utah Representative Rob Bishop to chair the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee; Louisiana Representative John Fleming to chair the Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Committee; and Alaska Representative Don Young to chair the newly created Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Committee.

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