Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) released the following statement today after President Obama delivered remarks on Democrats' all-of-the-above energy strategy at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland:
"Today, the President came to Maryland to reiterate his commitment to an all-of-the-above strategy to combat rising energy costs. He is right to say that there is no one silver bullet that will bring down the price of oil or gasoline, but that we ought to keep building on the gains we have made over the past three years in increasing domestic energy production and making investments in new vehicle, alternative fuel, and energy production technologies that harness power from solar, wind, and biofuels. This Administration has already made significant progress in reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil, and we now import less than half the oil we consume. At the same time, millions of acres in this country are now open to new oil and natural gas exploration.
"Contrary to what some Republicans allege, there is no easy fix. In addition to increasing domestic production, this Administration is also working to help reduce energy costs for American families by promoting energy efficiency and helping our businesses deploy new energy technologies into the marketplace.
"President Obama and Democrats will continue to pursue this all-of-the-above strategy for energy savings so that we can ensure affordable access to energy for generations to come. I call on Republicans in Congress to work with us on this effort over the weeks and months ahead."