The following is a release from the Allen for Senate Campaign. Needless to say I agree 100 percent.
Five years ago today, with gasoline prices at $3-a-gallon, George Allen issued a call for a full-scale effort to achieve American energy independence, an effort which begins with using America’s own resources. A member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Allen championed a comprehensive energy strategy designed to unleash American energy resources and American creativity, including bills that would allow individual States to determine for themselves if they want to explore for natural gas and oil in the deepest waters off the outer continental shelf and to allow the use of oil reserves on the barren north slope of Alaska.
“If Americans don’t want to see skyrocketing gas prices we must make the decision to explore for and use domestic oil,” Allen said. “Some of us in the Senate have been working in the face of great criticism for our energy independence, to lower gasoline prices and provide adequate supplies through energy production, innovation, and diversity… For our own energy security and to bring those prices down we must make the sustained commitment to create, produce and grow more of our own energy here in America for America’s jobs, America’s economy and American security.”
Today, $4-a-gallon gas is imposing a greater burden than ever on the families and businesses of Virginia, while America is no closer than it was five years ago to controlling our own energy destiny. It is time for Washington to stop throwing up roadblocks to achievable energy solutions that encourage conservation and innovation and utilize all of our plentiful resources including clean coal technology, natural gas and oil.