As America's need for energy grows, it's important we take a pro-active approach that focuses on innovation and long-term solutions to our mounting energy crisis. There are a lot of great ideas out there to help our nation reach energy independence. The problem is too many people have a narrow approach to energy. Instead of focusing only on drilling or alternative energy, we need to bring them all to the table in an "all of the above" approach. That includes wind, solar, nuclear, clean coal, and expanded domestic drilling and oil exploration. We can't shift our entire economy to alternative fuels overnight, but we can start small and take it step by step. Kansas has a role in helping our nation reach energy independence and I will continue to work to be part of that solution.