Whip McCarthy Speaks on California’s Energy Potential

Apr 4, 2014

Washington D.C. – Today, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources hearing titled, “Energy Independence: Domestic Opportunities to Reverse California’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil." Whip McCarthy’s opening remarks are below.

You can watch McCarthy’s full remarks here.

“… we still get 50 percent of our oil from four countries: Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Columbia, and Iraq. If you look at the latest studies and are concerned about environmental impacts, the United States is much safer.”

OPENING REMARKS TRANSCRIPT :

"Well first, thank you very much for having this hearing. I thank all the witnesses, especially having Senator Jean Fuller here. Your background, your understanding, and the committees you sit on in California are important to this hearing. And just for a quick edification, Jean and I represent an area called Kern County in California. It produces 70 percent of all the oil in California. It produces 7 to 8 percent of all the oil in the entire nation. 90 percent of all of the fracking in California is in Kern County. Now, we have a graph up here, I don’t know if you see it as well. This is the regulatory burden you go through to produce energy in California. Now, I laid out what we currently do, but we also have the Monterey Shell throughout the state. Now that has a bigger potential than North Dakota and we’ve seen the economic growth of what’s happened in North Dakota because of energy production. Even with all these resources in California, we still get 50 percent of our oil from four countries: Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Columbia, and Iraq. If you look at the latest studies and are concerned about environmental impacts, the United States is much safer.”