At a time when the American economy is experiencing the worst recession in decades, the last thing Washington should do is continue to restrict the development of cheaper energy or increase taxes on energy consumers.
From reserves in the mountain West to ANWR to the outer-continental shelf, we have untapped resources that can increase energy supply and reduce prices. And, constantly improving technology gives us the ability to explore while preserving our natural heritage for generations.
I have introduced 4 pieces of legislation to free up our energy reserves and promote alternative forms of energy.
* The Emergency Energy Cut the Red Tape Now Act, to improve access to offshore drilling and oil shale reserves and streamline the refinery process;
* The Fast Track Shale Act, to improve our ability to access shale oil on federal lands;
* The Getting Resources Efficiently and Effectively Now (GREEN) Act, to fast track access to American energy resources; and
* The Promoting New American Energy Act, to accelerate tax depreciation for investments in technologies like solar, wind and geothermal.
Congress must open up domestic supplies of energy to exploration if we are to reduce your pain at the pump and lead our nation to real energy independence.
And as a member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, I am working to raise awareness and educate lawmakers on technologies to improve energy efficiency and explore alternative forms of energy. We must never stop exploring alternative energy. For instance, France gets 80% of its energy from clean, safe nuclear energy. Yet, the U.S. hasn\'t built a new reactor in three decades. We cannot limit our capacity for ingenuity in the search for energy answers.