When energy prices go up, the cost of filling up a car with gas, heating a home, and almost every consumer good subsequently increases as well. Congressman Garrett believes that all Americans should have access to affordable energy. That is why he is committed to an all-of-the-above approach that seeks to increase domestic production of energy, develop market-viable alternatives, as well as promote conservation and American energy independence--all of which would drive down energy costs and increase the quality of life for all Americans.
Increase Domestic Energy Production and Energy Independence
With such an abundance of coal, oil and natural gas within its borders, the United States posseses ample reserves of energy. Utilizing these resources to their fullest potential could result in thousands of American jobs, lower energy prices and energy independence. Congressman Garrett is committed to increasing domestic production of energy in a safe and environmentally-conscious manner so that all Americans have access to affordable and abundant sources of energy.
American innovators should be commended for their ability to develop technologies that serve as alternatives to more conventional forms of energy. However, these technologies, like all others, should be allowed to compete equally on their own merits in a free market, not subsidized by the federal government. As we have seen in the case of Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer that went bankrupt in 2011 despite receiving $528 million in federal loan guarantees, the government can make disastrous gambles with taxpayer money. Only truly viable and promising technologies will attract the private investment necessary to make these alternative sources of energy a reality. Congressman Garrett believes Americans should be empowered to decide what energy sources are best suited to their needs and that the government should stop subsidizing risky and unproven technologies at the expense of American taxpayers.