The House passed H.R.6899,to advance the national security interests of the United States by reducing its dependency on oil through renewable and clean, alternative fuel technologies while building a bridge to the future through expanded access to Federal oil and natural gas resources, revising the relationship between the oil and gas industry and the consumers who own those resources and deserve a fair return from the development of publicly owned oil and gas, ending tax subsidies for large oil and gas companies, and facilitating energy efficiencies in the building, housing, and transportation sectors, by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 599.While this bill allows offshore drilling, it sets a goal for utility companies of 15% electricity generated from alternative energy, and cuts $18 billion dollars in tax breaks for big oil companies. Pete Sessions, of course, voted against this bill.
In a related bill, Pete Sessions voted against H.R. 3036, the No Child Left Inside Act of 2008, which amends and enhances the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to include education about the environment. The bill passed 293-109 (See Roll No. 614).