Issue Position: Enhance Energy Independence
Bolstering America's energy independence is the single most important way to protect our economic vitality and national security. America must insulate families and businesses from the shifting world political tides that often restrict the supply of foreign fuels and drive up their costs. In Congress, Charlie will push for a more active role in encouraging the discovery of new energy sources and energy technologies here in the United States. By increasing the supply and diversity of fuels and adopting technologies that allow us to use our fuels more efficiently, we can reduce our reliance on uncertain energy sources, boost the productivity of our industries and strengthen our ability to withstand global uncertainties. As Maine's Congressman, Charlie will work to ensure that the know-how of American entrepreneurs can be applied to develop the broadest range of energy options and help focus the power of competition and innovation on our nation's energy security.