The high cost of gasoline and other fuels is also hurting job growth. Unfortunately, no quick and easy fixes to this problem exist. Rather, it is a long-term challenge that requires long-term solutions. We must begin switching to alternative sources of energy as quickly as we can. To encourage that, the recently passed energy bill included tax credits for those who invest in solar energy that Congressman Smith cosponsored. It also encourages hybrid and hydrogen vehicles. Congressman Smith continues to work on all these issues on the Science Committee.
As we are making this transition, we must also remove as many obstacles as we can to domestic oil production and refining. As Hurricane Katrina's aftermath has shown, the fragile nature of our petroleum infrastructure threatens supplies and can raise prices. We must work to improve that infrastructure.