In the month of August, Americans paid a new record high for gasoline; an average of $3.72 a gallon. Over the past four years, gas prices have nearly doubled while jobs and the economy have remained stagnant or gotten worse. Instead of leadership on these important issues, the President has blamed others while making it harder to mine coal and extract U.S. oil. Instead, we need an aggressive "all of the above" energy plan to keep our gas and electricity prices low for working families and seniors and we need a reversal of this anti-coal policy to protect the jobs of Kentuckians all the while strengthening America's energy independence. You have my word that I will continue to work towards energy solutions that will expand access to affordable American energy, and develop short and long-term solutions to our nation's energy and fuel needs.