In September 2008, Steven Chu, the future U.S. Secretary of Energy, said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” This week, Secretary Chu gave himself an “A” for “controlling the cost of gasoline at the pump.”
Do these people live in the real world like you and me?
Let’s review some of the energy policy accomplishments that have occurred since 2008:
- Permits to drill on federal lands have declined by 40%
- Permits to drill in shallow water have declined by 68%
- Permits to drill in deep water have declined by 57%
- Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline was blocked by the Obama administration (although a partial approval may now be occurring)
- Gas prices have risen from $1.79 when President Obama took office to a national average of $3.85 per gallon, headed to over $4 per gallon this summer
The Obama administration claims that it has actually increased production and therefore should not be blamed for high gas prices. While I concede that gas prices are affected by a large number of factors, Obama apparently has forgotten his 2008 premise, in which he pointed out that it takes years for existing wells, once they are approved for drilling, to produce oil that can be brought to market. The fact is that today’s increased oil production is the result of oil policies and market conditions that occurred 3 to 7 years ago. Likewise, the lack of new permits today will result in even higher oil prices 3 to 7 years from now.
Here’s a thought: if the Obama administration wants to take credit for increased production because it’s a good thing, why would they block additional domestic production?
But even more concerning is the fact that the alternative energy solutions promoted by this administration are failing. As taxpayers, we have invested billions of dollars into solar firms that have gone bankrupt. Only two major sources of energy will be viable in the near to medium term: carbon-based and nuclear. We must develop a viable energy policy based on one or both of these energy sources, yet to date, Secretary Chu has ignored these sources.
As your next Congressman, I will work to promote a viable energy approach of increased domestic production in an all of the above approach that will keep the money we spend on our fuel in the U.S. as much as possible. We have the energy resources, and we should develop them rather than shipping our money and jobs overseas.
We need representatives who understand what real life is like on Main Street for average American families. We need to replace arrogant politicians who think they are doing a fine job like President Obama, Secretary Chu, and Representative Gerry Connolly.
P.S. Please try to attend one of the following events. Grassroots engagement is a pillar of democracy, and these events are great ways to become greater informed on today’s issues.
Rally for Religious Freedom
Friday March 23, noon at 200 Independence Ave Washington D.C.
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Saturday March 24, 7:30 am, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA
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AFP Rally- Hands off My Healthcare
Tuesday March 27, 1 pm, Capitol Hill Washington D.C.
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Reception and Fundraiser for Ken Vaughn
Friday March 30, Vienna, VA
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