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house Bill H.R. 5803

Making an Energy Plan for American Territories Outside of the Continental U.S.

Argument in favor

Will help wean U.S. territories off of foreign oil and establish a self-reliance on local resources.

Brendan's Opinion
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03/27/2016
Shipping fossil fuels to remote islands is really expensive. It makes long-term sense to invest now in renewable energy sources that will diminish the need for future energy shipments.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. should reduce its own foreign oil dependence before it tackles the energy problems of the Freely Associated States.

Darius's Opinion
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01/29/2016
As it stands, the continental US is not exactly an shining example of being dependent on our own local resources for energy so, before we regulate the freely associated states, we should fix our own reliance on foreign oil.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 12th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedDecember 8th, 2014

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Bill Activity

  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • action
    Mr. Whitfield asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
  • action
    Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged.
  • action
    Considered by unanimous consent.
  • vote
    On passage Passed without objection.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • action
    Received in the Senate.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 12th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedDecember 8th, 2014

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!
    Less foreign oil dependence
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    As it stands, the continental US is not exactly an shining example of being dependent on our own local resources for energy so, before we regulate the freely associated states, we should fix our own reliance on foreign oil.
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    Shipping fossil fuels to remote islands is really expensive. It makes long-term sense to invest now in renewable energy sources that will diminish the need for future energy shipments.
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    Solar and wind is really feasible in sunny territories which most are quite sunny since they are islands in tropical places. American Samoa has had good success with solar farms. This is an opportunity for the territories to pioneer the way for the continental US. Does it seem like the US is using the territories as test sites for new technology? Yup, wouldn't be the first time. Thankfully sustainable energy is better for the environment than nuclear test sites.
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