Issue Position: Promoting Energy Independence
Americans are concerned with the rising prices for natural gas, electricity, and gasoline. Drivers throughout Colorado have seen huge increases in the price of gasoline at the pump. Many low and fixed income families face energy bills that will be two to three times higher than they were a year ago. The United States' energy crisis is due mostly to the imbalance between the demand for energy and supplies, and our increasing reliance on unreliable foreign energy sources. The best way to solve our Nation's energy problems is to have more diversified and reliable sources of energy.
After several attempts over the past few years, Congress passed a comprehensive Energy Bill in 2005. This legislation will help lower energy prices in the long run, and, while not perfect, it is nevertheless a balanced approach to address our need for stable, affordable energy while recognizing critical environmental concerns. The balance includes conservation, promotion of domestic clean fossil fuel technologies, and renewable energy. Each of these components will secure America's energy future and help diversify the Nation's energy supply.
The use of renewable energy can be especially critical in moving the country closer to energy self-sufficiency. One important component is an increased renewable fuels standard. This standard can help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and also help agriculture. Congressman Salazar believes that there are two things that can bring our nation down - our dependence on foreign countries for food and for our energy. Agriculture is the backbone of our economy, and can be the backbone of our energy supply as well.