As gas prices hover around $4 per gallon in Minnesota, Congressman John Kline is an original co-sponsor of the "Main Street U.S.A. Energy Security Act" that puts an energy policy in place to meet our nation's 21st century energy needs. The energy legislation Congressman Kline co-sponsored will increase our energy supply, open domestic energy reserves for responsible production, and provide incentives for much needed research and development of new energy technologies.
"As I visit with Minnesotans, they share with me their concerns and express growing frustrations over the skyrocketing costs of gasoline, food and everyday household items," Congressman Kline said. "I share their frustrations. Congress needs to examine ways to increase domestic production, explore long-term energy solutions, and advance a real energy plan that increases American supplies in all forms."
The Main Street U.S.A. Energy Security Act would enact a broad range of energy solutions by:
- Allowing domestic oil exploration and production in ANWR and the Outer Continental Shelf
- Advancing clean and affordable nuclear power
- Supporting "clean-coal" technologies
- Funding conservation programs
- Providing tax credits to wind and solar energy projects
- Emphasizing the need to develop new energy sources
- Increasing the number of domestic oil refineries
"Americans continue to be squeezed by the soaring costs of living, and Congress can no longer sit idly by and hope gas and energy prices magically drop," Congressman Kline said. "The time for working together and debating sensible solutions is long overdue and this legislation is an important step."
In his third term in Congress, Congressman Kline is a member of the House Ethics Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and the Armed Services Committee.