Hulshof: Time to Increase Energy Supply is Now

Press Release

By:  Kenny Hulshof
Date: June 20, 2008
Location: Columbia, Mo

Hulshof: Time to Increase Energy Supply is Now

As gas prices continue to cause pain at the pump, Missourians are looking for answers. Despite the inaction of Democrats, Kenny Hulshof continues to push for an increase in the production of domestic energy.

"Analysts agree that a key factor of record-high gas prices is a tight supply," Hulshof stated. "Commonsense dictates that we need to take every responsible step to increase our supply. Doing so will alleviate the pressure on prices and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy."

Missouri has a role to play in the increase of domestic energy supplies. For example, western Missouri has large reserves of heavy oil that are being tapped for the first time in decades. Hulshof has been highlighting these resources on the campaign trail. "As Governor, I will encourage this kind of production within our state," he said.

As a Member of Congress, Hulshof has a well-established record of pursuing domestic answers to our nation's energy needs:

- Voted 14 times this year to ease the energy crisis (Roll Calls: 227, 235, 281, 287, 310, 317, 343, 338, 340, 341, 343, 350, 364 and 370).

- Voted over 10 times to open the Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) for drilling.

- Voted five times to open portions of the Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas drilling.

- Voted in favor of increasing our refining capacity.- Voted to reduce the number of "boutique fuels," which cause a fragmentation of our refining capabilities and increase the price of gasoline.

- Voted to provide tax credits for renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal.

- Helped author biofuels tax credits, which are currently lessening the import of foreign oil by 9 billion gallons.

"Although there is no quick fix, there are steps we can be taking to address this long-term problem," Hulshof said. "There is no reason to delay. Tapping into tangible solutions can begin today."

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