Energy prices have come down since they peaked last summer, but that does not change the fact that we need to adopt an all-of-the-above solution to our energy problems here in the United States. That includes oil and gas, clean-coal, nuclear, wind, solar and all renewable sources of energy. We cannot continue to rely on foreign, big oil nations, many of whom do not have America's best interests in mind.
In addition to expanding oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the outer continental shelf (OCS), we need to take a look at the complex regulations governing energy development. There has not been an oil refinery to come online in 30 years. To address the energy problem in the near-term, we must increase our fossil-fuel production here at home and reduce our dependence on foreign energy.
Demand for energy is growing around the world, especially in China, India and other nations with rapidly growing populations. As the demand for fossil fuels continues to increase, it is critical that we focus on developing economically viable alternatives here at home for long-term sustainability. From wind energy to nuclear power and from wind energy to fuel-cell technology, our approach to energy independence needs to be comprehensive, long-term, but mindful of our current needs.