Roughly two dozen OCS (Outer Continental Shelf)-related energy bills have been introduced in this Congress. The Deep Ocean Energy Resources (DOER) Act is a hybrid of these bills, making it the most comprehensive, balanced and forward-thinking approach proposed to date. The current one-size-fits-all federal framework locks away massive amounts of desperately-needed energy resources and will not withstand the pressures of economic necessities much longer. It does not allow states that wish to produce off-shore energy for the nation the ability to do so, nor does it give states that wish to continue off-shore production bans any real assurance they will be able to so for the long term. The DOER Act is a commonsense compromise that rectifies this imbalance. It creates a flexible framework that balances the interests of different states by putting the states themselves in the driver's seat with unprecedented authority over their coastal resources. Energy is the lifeblood of our economy. Producing more American energy creates more American jobs, lowers prices for consumers, and strengthens our economy- goals all Members of Congress fight to achieve together.