Former Republican staffers of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources have formed a new group, Responsible Resources, to impact "the perennial debate over energy production and environmental protection." The group's first ad campaign criticizes "efforts to raise taxes on energy companies," reports The Hill. Responsible Resources is not a lobbying group and will "not take any corporate donations," according to its co-founder, Brian Kennedy. He described the group as "an educational resource principally for members of Congress and their aides with the ultimate goal of growing large enough to influence the debate beyond the Beltway." The House recently passed a bill that would repeal tax credits for the oil industry and use the revenue to fund renewable energy resources. Responsible Resources claims that "taxes on energy companies are a threat to affordable and reliable energy." Kennedy said, "A clean environment is a luxury that only the wealthiest countries can afford."
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