Not a day goes by when I am not asked about rising energy prices. A large number of factors have combined to put pressure on gasoline prices and other energy, including diminishing U.S. oil production, increased world demand for crude oil, and U.S. refinery capacity that is inadequate to supply gasoline to a recovering national economy. These are serious problems that will not go away with time, and they require real solutions that will restore American energy independence and help ease the cost to Americans.
I believe that it is imperative that Congress act swiftly in addressing the energy situation. Unfortunately, Speaker Nancy Pelosi adjourned the House for five weeks, without voting on legislation which will help lower gas prices. Instead of allowing Members to speak on this issue she brought an immediate vote on a motion to adjourn, which I voted against. She then had the lights, microphones and CSPAN cameras in the House chamber turned off.
Congress should be creating solutions to this current energy crisis and so I have joined those calling for Congress to reconvene to address the energy crisis that is facing every American. In fact, during the August recess I have joined with my Republican colleagues in Washington to demand a vote on energy legislation. We have continued to shed light on the energy crisis on the House floor, and have urged the Speaker to reconvene the House of Representatives so we can vote on legislation that will increase American-made energy.
I am pleased to be a cosponsor of the American Energy Act, legislation that promotes the development of all our energy resources. The American Energy Act is an All of the Above' strategy aimed at lowering gas prices and liberating America from its dependence on foreign oil. This legislation creates new American-made energy through environmentally sound exploration and drilling. It encourages construction of new oil refineries by reducing the bureaucratic red tape that currently exists and has prevented the construction of new refineries since the late 1970s. It also improves energy conservation and efficiency by, among other things, providing tax incentives for businesses and homeowners who improve their energy efficiency. And it will promote renewable and alternative energy technologies like hydrogen, geothermal, biomass, wind and solar by untangling red tape and permanently extending critical tax credits.
Recent polls indicate that the American people strongly support the goals of the American Energy Act and the people deserve to have their voices heard. The American Energy Act, which will help create millions of American jobs and will move our nation toward independence from foreign sources of energy, should be brought up for a vote on the House floor. I will continue working to promote the American Energy Act and other proposals that seek to lessen our dangerous reliance on foreign energy, allowing the U.S. to become energy independent.