As I am sure you see every day at the gas pump, our nation's energy policy touches our everyday lives without a doubt. The average price of gas, now at $3.76, simply gives us the clearest indicator of how our energy policies are affecting American families. What we don't necessarily think about daily, but are definitely forced to adjust to, is how energy prices change how we get to work, how hardworking families put together their budget, how businesses plan for the future and the strength of our overall economy.
While others have refused to move forward on energy policy, the House has taken steps to help American families. We have moved towards a comprehensive energy policy utilizing the resources we have, while developing new sources of energy at the same time. Just this week, the House voted on legislation (H.R. 2842) to increase sources of hydropower.
We have so many opportunities to open American sources of energy, and decrease our reliance on the Middle East. The Keystone XL Pipeline project, passed with my support in the House but rejected separately by the Democratic Senate and the President, could have immediate returns both in terms of lowering gas prices and creating jobs -- 20,000 to be exact. Allowing for more offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is another option, and I've cosponsored legislation to do just that.
Bottom line -- since 2009, gas prices have nearly doubled. Some economists are forecasting they could rise as high as $5 a gallon this summer. We have to reenergize our energy policy utilizing the resources we already have, not just by hoping new technologies will all of a sudden do it for us.
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