Americans need affordable, clean, safe, and abundant energy supplies. More than ever, we must be focused on increasing our energy independence. I believe that increasing our energy production here at home and encouraging alternative and renewable energy will not only increase our energy security but can help create jobs and economic growth.
We must have a comprehensive, all-of-the-above solution to our energy needs, one that focuses on reducing prices at the pump and home, while lowering costs for businesses that rely on energy as well. We should target expanding American-made energy while also encouraging conservation and new energy technologies.
I oppose all efforts to install a new national energy tax, especially the misguided "Cap & Tax" bill forced through the Congress last year. Rather than encouraging American made energy and manufactured products, this bill would actually force consumers to pay more for gasoline, electricity, and other energy-intensive products made in America. In the 25th Congressional District, this could cost as many as 3,796 jobs and $531 million in personal income -- not to mention the estimates of up to 2.7 million job losses nationwide. We can't afford this misguided policy.