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Boren unhappy with House bills

July 21, 2009
Oklahoma's lone Democrat in Washington, D.C., Congressman Dan Boren gave a less-than-enthusiastic appraisal of his party's energy proposals. Speaking at a Tulsa Metro Chamber breakfast, Boren trashed "cap-and-trade" energy legislation and efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing. From the Tulsa World:
On energy, Boren said: "The cap and trade bill is really the worst piece of legislation I've seen since I've been there. It raises energy prices on businesses, raises electric bills on families, and it even raises gasoline prices in the middle of a recession. And it makes America less competitive in the global economy." In response to a question, Boren said he is working with Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., to tone down her bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing of oil- and gas-bearing formations. The legislation was introduced to protect water supplies from the contamination, but Boren said the procedure is already safe. "If you shut down fracking, you shut down the industry," he said.
 
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