Rehberg Fights for Increased U.S. Oil Production to Lower Prices at the Pump
Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, recently signed onto a bipartisan petition, sponsored by Representative Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), vowing to support measures to increase U.S. oil production as means of lowering gas prices. The petition simply reads "I will vote to increase U.S. oil production to lower gas prices for Americans" and is currently signed by 183 members of Congress.
"With gasoline at over $4 a gallon, Montanans need relief at the pump," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "And whether it's in the ANWR of Alaska, the outer continental shelf, or in Eastern Montana, we have the domestic oil supply to quickly address the problem. In turn, this short-term relief will give us the opportunity to work on alternative fuel technology and energy efficiency programs, things that will take time and will shape how we think about energy in the future. So I'm proud to join my House colleagues in sending a strong, clear message to our leadership that we need to enact policies to increase production and we need to do it now."
This month, a Zogby Poll was released showing that 74 percent of Americans now support drilling offshore for our American oil and 59 percent of Americans support drilling in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
"Americans are demanding answers to our nation's energy crisis," said Rehberg. "I'm happy to stand by their side in saying more domestic oil production is a good start."