Last March, the average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia was $2.63. Today, it will cost you almost 30% more to fill up your tank. World events have driven up the cost of foreign oil. However, we would not be as drastically affected by fluctuations in foreign oil prices if we took full advantage of the energy resources we have right here at home. Unfortunately, families all over Georgia are once again forced to pay the price because of the Washington bureaucracy's assault on domestic energy production.
It is time to take steps to increase American energy production, provide Georgians with relief at the pump, and create American jobs. We need an all-of-the above energy solution. Instead of blocking innovation, Washington needs to encourage it: increase access to both on and offshore oil permits, cut the red tape, and roll back the burdensome regulatory process.
Right here in America we have the technology to access multiple energy resources. By increasing our domestic production, our economy will see an increase in jobs and an influx of capital into the market.
President Obama's latest budget includes over $60 billion in tax and fee increases on American energy production. We should be incentivizing domestic energy production instead of taxing it.
Americans want to expand economic opportunities. We need to prepare for our future by exploring and investing in our own resources. It's time to let American creativity take care of our energy problem. In the coming days and weeks, my Republican colleagues and I will bring forth legislation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and pursue energy independence in this country. I look forward to working on these initiatives with my colleagues.
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