Republicans and a handful of Democrats in Congress really want to demonstrate their loyalty to their fossil-fuel masters. The House has passed three bills to benefit the oil and gas industry, but they have no chance of being becoming law so long as Barack Obama is president.
H.R. 1965 -- Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act
Sponsor: Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)
What it would do: "This would direct that federal lands be managed for the primary purpose of energy development, rather than for stewardship balancing multiple uses including recreation," according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. "Astonishingly, it also would curb and then penalize the public for raising concerns about oil and gas projects on public lands that may affect them."