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The United States has been blessed with access to an abundance of traditional and renewable energy resources. Yet, in this time of record high energy prices, I believe Congress must work to unlock and expand our domestic energy potential and end our dependence on foreign energy.

The United States must take an “all of the above” approach to securing energy independence. In the short term, this means reducing red tape and ending frivolous litigation that blocks the development of America’s energy resources. We can address the volatility of today’s energy prices by expanding access to North American energy resources, which is why I support projects such as the Keystone Pipeline.

I firmly believe we must increase our supply of safe, clean energy to provide power for our electrical grid.  I support clean coal technology, nuclear energy, wind, solar, and hydro energy, as well as natural gas exploration.  These proven technologies have minimal impact on the environment while also providing an abundant source of energy right here in the United States.

California can play an instrumental role in domestic energy production. In addition to renewable energy sources, our state has the potential to produce substantial amounts of oil and natural gas, solar energy, and hydro-power. By developing California’s energy resources we can create good paying, high quality jobs in our communities while lowering our national demand for energy by supporting innovation to improve our economy’s energy efficiency.

America has amazing potential.  We have changed the world through our innovation, making the world a better place.  Energy security is a major challenge, but it will be surmounted through American ingenuity, innovation, and natural resources.  I will continue to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to promote fiscally sound and environmentally sustainable policies.

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