Issues: Energy Policy
Barack Obama campaigned for President saying that "under his energy policy, prices will necessarily go up...", and he has made good on that campaign promise. When Obama took office in January, 2009, gasoline prices averaged $1.79 per gallon. Today, gasoline prices have surged to over $4.00 per gallon, with predictions of $5.00 per gallon prices this summer. The Secretary of Energy has stated that U.S. gasoline prices, should "be somewhere near European gasoline prices..." which is approximately $8.00 per gallon.
High gasoline and energy prices affect every sector of the economy: Working families, seniors on fixed incomes, small businesses, tourism and higher commodity prices for consumers. Nevada will be hit especially hard by sustained higher energy prices, further delaying the economic recovery of our State. If elected, I will advocate for a rational, reasonable energy policy that does not promote a radical environmental agenda at the expense of ordinary Americans.
- Repeal President Obama’s moratorium on oil drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic Coastal Plain
- Repeal the Obama Administration "lock-out" of public lands from energy exploration and production
- Roll back the Obama Administration's expansion of EPA regulations that prevent badly needed increases in U.S. oil refinery capacity
- Restore the R&D Tax Credit for businesses engaged in domestic energy exploration, production and innovation, with a goal of increasing utilization of America's abundant energy resources so we are more self sufficient and less reliant of foreign oil and price manipulation by foreign oil producers and hostile governments.
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