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Celebrating the Fourth of July in West Virginia

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Celebrating the Fourth of July in West Virginia

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito speaks to her colleagues in the House of Representatives about the need for a comprehensive energy policy that looks for new domestic sources of energy that will limit our dependence on foreign oil. She has also called for increased renewable resources and conservation efforts. To watch her speech, click here.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As West Virginians throughout the state celebrate our nation's independence, I hope you have a great holiday weekend.

Yet, amidst the fireworks, the BBQ or the time with family, I encourage West Virginians to also take a moment to remember the true greatness of the day we all celebrate. On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the birth of a nation founded on the principles of freedom and liberty - and we also honor and remember those who have fought to protect them.

We are all blessed to be able to call West Virginia, and the United States of America, our home - and I wish you all a great Fourth of July.

Seeking Real Solutions to High Gas Prices

Of course, the Fourth of July weekend also marks the peek of summer driving season as so many West Virginians visit family and friends. Yet, the pain at the pump has put a damper on summer travel for many throughout our state. That's why it is imperative that we have a comprehensive energy plan that seeks new domestic sources of energy, promotes conservation and encourages investment in renewable energy - a plan designed to lower the price of gasoline.

As we seek solutions to our energy challenges, I invite you to visit my new Energy Action Center where I've consolidated information about high gasoline prices and how West Virginians can save money at the pump. The website also includes information about how we can solve our energy challenges.

We don't have to be reliant on foreign energy when we have large domestic resources like West Virginia coal, or the oil and natural gas reserves offshore and in Alaska. We've got to move past slogans and political games when it comes to gas prices. It's time for a comprehensive discussion on energy that puts a range of options on the table.

I invite you to share any ideas you may have. West Virginia is an energy state and we can play a real role in addressing this national challenge.

As always, please don't hesitate to contact my office if I can be of any assistance. It is an honor to serve you.

Sincerely,


Member of Congress

In Case You Missed It...

Capito Launches Energy Action Website
WHSV Television Online
June 27, 2008

In an effort to provide a new resource for West Virginians facing rising gas prices, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Thursday unveiled a new website that will provide an all-encompassing location for information about high energy costs, new policy proposals and helpful fuel efficiency tips.

Capito unveiled her Energy Action Center Thursday morning.

"The cost of fuel is one of the top issues facing West Virginia families today and this website is designed to be a resource for them," says Capito. "From providing information about saving money at the pump, to providing an outlet for reporting price-gouging, to promoting ideas for solving our nation's energy challenges, this website provides a one-stop-shop for West Virginians concerned about our energy security."

The Capito Energy Action Center includes the following key sections:

* Video introduction from Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
* Helpful Hints and Links section with information about finding low-price gasoline, increasing fuel efficiency, reporting suspected price-gouging, and contacting Congresswoman Capito.
* Capito News section with links to news about Congresswoman Capito's efforts to promote energy solutions.
* Capito in the News section with links to news stories about energy independence.

Capito has been an advocate for a wide range of energy solutions, including increased domestic energy exploration, conservation efforts and investment in renewable energy technology.

Earlier this month, Capito introduced the Clean Coal-Derived Fuel for Energy Security Act to mandate the use of six billion gallons of coal-to-liquid fuel annually by the year 2022. She has also continued her advocacy for lifting the federal ban on oil and natural gas exploration offshore and in the ANWR region of Alaska.

"There is no single solution to our energy needs," says Capito. "But we have to be forward-thinking and we've got to have an all-hands-on-deck approach."

She continues, "It makes no sense to self-impose restrictions on our domestic sources of energy at a time when we should be looking for ways to become less dependent on foreign energy, not more. We should promote exploration in the areas that are likely to have the largest impact on energy production."

According to the Energy Information Administration, domestic drilling of oil and natural gas exploratory wells increased by 98 percent between 2000 and 2007, but domestic crude oil production decreased by 12.4 percent over the same period. Meanwhile, other government estimates suggest that offshore waters may contain as much as 85 billion barrels of oil, most of which is currently off-limits to production.


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