For decades, Americans have been told that the United States is an energy resource poor nation.
Well, a curious thing happened after the United States began to drill more oil and natural gas wells: the price of oil, gasoline and natural gas fell. While domestic oil and gas production was once in decline, there now exist significant quantities of these resources produced year-over-year. The outcome has been lower energy prices for consumers and many thousands of new jobs.
In addition to new sources of oil and natural gas, the United States also possesses significant quantities of coal, enough to last us for over a hundred years. Southern Illinois contains significant coal deposits. In recent years, new technologies have been developed that make it possible to more efficiently produce energy from this coal with far fewer emissions of pollutants.
Unfortunately, despite the successes and benefits of these new technologies, there remain those opposed to any use of fossil fuels. A particular target has been coal.
As your United States Representative in Congress, please know that I will continue to push for an all-of-the above energy policy that makes use of all our nation’s resources. At a time when American families are struggling with higher bills, and millions are still looking for good paying jobs, better using the resources we’ve got is a moral imperative and just plain common sense.
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