Last updated 9:38AM ET
December 18, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Wilson Energy
(2008-09-17)
(WOUB) - Southeast Ohio Congressman Charlie Wilson says a piece of energy legislation passed by the House last (Tuesday) night could mean more jobs for Ohio.

Congress voted 236-189 in favor of a bill to allow oil drilling off the nation's Atlantic and Pacific coasts if states agree - but only
50 or more miles out.

Republicans called the bill a ruse, saying that's well beyond where most of the estimated 18 billion barrels of oil is located.

Wilson, a Democrat, calls the legislation the most comprehensive energy plan passed by Congress in two decades mostly because of its emphasis on alternative energy.

And that could mean good things for Ohio.

The bill rolls back $18 billion in oil industry tax breaks and imposes new oil and gas royalties, while giving tax incentives for wind and solar industries and for conservation.

Even before the vote, the White House said President Bush would veto it if it passes Congress.
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