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Jay Love Calls for Development of American Energy to Lower Gas Prices

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Location: Montgomery, AL

Jay Love Calls for Development of American Energy to Lower Gas Prices

State Rep. Jay Love (R-Montgomery), the Republican nominee for the Alabama's 2nd Congressional District, today called for increased American energy exploration to lower fuel costs and help American families struggling with soaring gas prices. At a news conference at Haynes Ambulance Service in Montgomery, Love said change in Washington was needed to end federal restrictions on drilling that have driven up the price of oil, damaged the economy and jeopardized national security.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to adjourn for five weeks vacation after Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrat leaders refused to allow discussion of American drilling legislation. House Republicans opposed the adjournment and remained in Washington willing to debate the issue. Pelosi's response was to turn out the lights, shut off the microphones and take C-SPAN off the air.

While Democrats in Washington play politics, Rep. Love said, American families and businesses are paying the price.

"Haynes Ambulance is a perfect example of how high fuel prices are crippling our economy," Love said. "They provide a critical service to communities throughout Central Alabama, and because Congress has refused to act, their business is hurting like so many companies that depend on fuel for operation. Enough is enough. This country and this district are fed up with do-nothing Democrats turning a blind eye to the nation's needs- and so am I. Washington needs change. Congress needs action. If elected, my first priority will be to open up America energy resources to bring down gas prices and get our economy back on track."

Kirk Barrett, chief operating officer of Haynes Ambulance agreed, saying their operating costs have increased $10,000 per month. But, because ambulance fees are regulated by the government, the company's options to make up for the costs are limited.

"We've been hit pretty hard," said Barrett. "It's ridiculous that Congress won't even discuss drilling for more oil. I know they are trying to save the planet, but we're trying to save our business and save lives."

Jay Love Calls for Development of American Energy to Lower Gas Prices

Love's plan includes the following:

* End the federal ban on off-shore drilling and giving coastal states the option of opening up their oil resources for exploration as Alabama already does. American waters contain nearly 90 billion barrels of oil and 77 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Today's technology ensures we can explore, drill and extract these resources in an efficient, environmentally-safe way.

* Encourage development of America's oil shale supply. Major deposits in the West contain what would amount to 800 billion barrels of oil, but restrictions passed by this Democrat Congress have locked America out of turning this resource into usable energy.

* Open parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to energy exploration. Buried beneath this Alaskan tundra lay an estimated 10 billion barrels of oil - oil that could match Saudi imports for more than 15 years. Even though recent developments in technology ensure virtually no impact on wildlife from extraction, Congress has refused to allow Americans to tap into this vast energy resource.

Drilling is not the only answer, Rep. Love said, but until new technologies emerge, developing American sources of energy is critical to ending the fuel crisis.

"In time, we will find a way to develop alternative energies like wind, solar and hydrogen into viable sources. But until then, Americans cannot continue to pay for do-nothing Democrat policies that are damaging our economy and jeopardizing our national security."

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