America must reassess its energy policy, not through partisan rhetoric, but through serious thought and deliberation. We should eliminate government subsidies for energy production and allow competition to work.
The United States is one of the most innovative and advanced countries in the world. We have the resources and technology to develop alternative fuels without relying on government handouts. Whether it is off-shore drilling, developing new wind and solar technology, using natural gas, ethanol, bio-mass, or safe nuclear alternatives, consumers can support a balance of energy production that will increase America's energy independence and boost our economy. We should eliminate barriers to entry that are preventing entrepreneurs and innovators from participating in the energy market.
The House of Representatives has passed legislation to open up our domestic energy production. H.R. 1229 improves drilling safety and requires review of drilling permits within specific time limits. H.R. 1230 requires the Department of Interior to conduct additional offshore oil and gas lease sales within the next year. H.R. 1231 increases lease sales in areas known to contain the largest oil and natural gas reserves.