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Boyda: Constituents’ concerns about gasoline prices will affect energy policy

A compromise could be on the way for opening up more off-shore oil drilling.

August 19, 2008


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U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda expects constituents to give members of Congress an earful about higher gasoline prices during this month's recess.

The Democrat said Monday at a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce event those discussions could help push forward a compromise bill to expand some limited off-shore oil drilling while also directing funds to developing renewable energy sources.

"I think when we get back, that momentum is going to take us through," she said while speaking to about 50 people during a series of chamber events that feature the state's congressional delegation.

Boyda touted the House bill that the Congressional Budget Office has estimated would generate $2.6 trillion over 30 years, mostly in royalties. The bill would direct 30 percent of the money to the U.S. Treasury, 30 percent to states for infrastructure costs and the remaining 40 percent to renewable energy development and research, she said.

"That will increase our energy supply so we break our dependence on oil and certainly on foreign oil," said Boyda, who represents the 2nd District, which includes western Lawrence and much of eastern Kansas.

During her chamber talk, Boyda also mentioned a debate about a second economic stimulus package, this one geared toward providing jobs and building and maintaining infrastructure.

In her first re-election bid, Boyda faces Republican Lynn Jenkins, the state treasurer, in the Nov. 4 general election.

Pat Leopold, campaign manager for Jenkins, said Boyda's statements about the energy bill represented a change in her position on off-shore drilling.

But Liz Montano, a Boyda spokeswoman, said Boyda has consistently advocated for domestic drilling, seeking alternative fuels and conservation measures.

Boyda has voted against bills that included drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, but she has also publicly supported leasing in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, saying it is home to more oil.


Centerville 9 years, 1 month ago

People like her are Pelosi's dream come true. Total sheep.

conservative88 9 years, 1 month ago

No we would not be running our cars on Natural gas, we would be using gas to oil tech, it is kinda like coal to oil. However, we have enough oil to last years, geologists agree that there are TRILLIONS of barrels of untraditional oil that have yet to be exploited, such as oil sands, and oil shale. These can be produced at the price of $20-$50 a barrel, however the only thing standing in the way of getting this untraditional oil is the government.

JerryStubbs 9 years, 1 month ago

Some waters in the Florida gulf coast were opened in 2006, but they still haven't started developement, maybe waiting on some hurricanes or something, I think. They got hit really hard with Katrina, and have spent most of their efforts rebuilding those platforms these last few years. The west coast is less stormy, and has bigger estimated content, but I foresee lawsuits out the kazzoo, the beaches are very important to them. If we ran our cars on natural gas, like T. Boone Pickens wants us to, we could sell oil we already produce to other countries, but I don't know how soon that will happen.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 1 month ago

I do want to remind people the man who stopped W. from new drilling off Florida was Jeb Bush.For the most part, she is right. We let other countries drill out oil at there environment expense, but the price is high enough for the need to do it again. I might add OPEC does not want the price like it was due to us turning to solar and wind.And last NO more stimulus checks. We are already leaving the next president with big enough deficit.

lee66049 9 years, 1 month ago

Why doesn't Boyda fit that stereoptype? What has she done? We have paid over $4.00 for oil and she left the job for five weeks off. What exactly has she done? Democrat or Republican she should be fired. There is a reason they call this congress the do nothing congress. And she has done nothing to change that stereotype. She walked out of a meeting talking about the surge for crying out loud. She voted against funding the her, she is worthless.

lee66049 9 years, 1 month ago

Boyda did nothing about energy for two years. Took a five week recess instead of doing something about it now. She ran saying she would get troops out of Iraq. They are leaving without any help from her. The only thing she did was walk out of a meeting regarding the surge and vote to cut troop funding. We are under two budgets approved by Boyda and the economy went to heck as a result of it. She is a proud member of a do nothing congress with the lowest congressional approval ratings in the history, Lower than President Bush's. Who thought that possible? She needs to go.

Mkh 9 years, 1 month ago

"During her chamber talk, Boyda also mentioned a debate about a second economic stimulus package, this one geared toward providing jobs and building and maintaining infrastructure."--------------------------------------------NO, No, No, No! Fools!

jmadison 9 years, 1 month ago

Congress leaves Washington and crude oil prices drop from $142/bbl to $113/bbl. The politicians better hurry up and pass some legislation so that they can claim credit for the price drop.

lee66049 9 years, 1 month ago

I'm voting for Boyda!You must be kidding. More years of a do nothing congress. Boyda's congress has lower approval ratings than Bush for crying out loud. Tell you what, give up your big oil car, big oil house, and big oil lawnmower, and the thousands of dollars big oil jobs generate....Let us know how it works out. Geez

HMcMellon 9 years, 1 month ago

The reason people are down on Congress is that Congress is in bed with the big monopolies and big oil and don't give a damn about the people. Boyda doesn't fit that stereotype, but Jenkins does. If you don't like Congress now, you will like it a whole lot less if you vote in someone who received most of her campaign funding from the tax-sucking, corporate-welfare monopolies that have caused us all to hate Congress in the first place.

HMcMellon 9 years, 1 month ago

The stupidity of some people is amazing. They think anyone who doesn't support a big repressive Federal government and fiscal irresponsibility like we've seen from the so-called "conservatives" the past eight years is a "liberal." Nowadays, the people who they call "liberals" are often the ones who truely believe in conservative ideas like free enterprise, limited government and fiscal responsibility. It is unfortunate that the once-respectable conservative movement has been taken over by those who support a Soviet-style system where elite members of a corporate politburo control our government, while brain-dead supporters keep listening to fat-head Limbaugh and the Satanic Coulter. Then, like mindless robots from a totalitarian state, they spout foolish nonsense that was discreditied years ago.Even worse, these brain dead folks also complain about high fuel prices. Yet, they vote for the candidate who gets the most money from the oil companies and monopolies that could not survive without corporate welfare. They are so ignorant and stupid that they believe the BS in the ads paid for by the tax-sucking oil companies and monopolies. They believe the absurd idea that the candidates who are not beholden to big oil are the ones responsible for high gas prices. How can anybody be so stupid to really believe such nonsense? The choice is clear. Jenkins is supported by big oil and the other big tax-sucking monopolies, and Boyda has been fighting big oil and pushing for alternative energy, free enterprise, lower taxes for the middle class and small business for the past two years and will continue to do it. Big oil and the others who are sucking up my tax dollars are not going to buy my vote with their slick ads, character assassination and lies. I'm voting for Boyda!

1029 9 years, 1 month ago

I agree with lee66049. It doesn't take a genuis to recognize that high gas prices are mainly Nancy Boyda's fault. Only Lynn Jenkins can lower our gas prices. Boyda is part of a do-nothing congress that could easily make gas $2/gallon or pull every troop out of Iraq if it wanted to. But instead, they go out on recess and leave the troops out there in the desert. Unbelievable. They promised.

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