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Whether you live in the rural and agricultural parts of Georgia's 12th District, or in larger cities like Savannah and Augusta, the rising cost of energy affects us all - and it's putting the squeeze on family budgets and small businesses.

During his first term in office, Congressman Barrow fought to pass real solutions for America's high priced energy crisis, and voted against ill-conceived schemes that do little to lower gas prices or decrease America's dependence on foreign oil.

* Responding to growing concerns over the erratic and inflated price of natural gas, Barrow worked with Republican Congressman Sam Graves from Missouri to write and pass legislation that will bring stability, predictability, and reliability to the natural gas market.

* After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Congressman Barrow led efforts to force the Federal Trade Commission to launch an immediate investigation into gas price gouging.

* Joined with fellow Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston to introduce the Fuel Choices for American Security Act of 2005 - bipartisan legislation that will promote fuel conservation standards and increased alternative energy development.

* Voted to expand America's domestic oil refining capacity and develop increased nuclear power production.

By expanding America's investment in alternative energy like biofuel and ethanol, Congressman Barrow believes that America's family farmers and agriculture producers have the potential to lead the way in turning our country from a net importer of energy from oil into a net exporter of energy from agriculture.

That's why John has cosponsored the Biofuels Act of 2006 - common sense legislation that sets long-term goals for expanding our nation's available alternative energy resources like Ethanol, and puts the needed resources behind meeting those goals.

That's good for American consumers, good for our nation's economy, and good for family farmers.


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