But for average Americans this holiday will most likely be spent closer to home. The days of the teenagers "cruising" is long gone. Going to the beach for the weekend....gone. How high will gas prices go? At this rate we could see gas hit $8.00 this year or more. What kind of economic woes will we continue to see without some type of resolution?
Congress has the ability to help it's people, but chooses not to do anything in order to win an election. In the last few weeks, Congress could have passed a bill to remove the ban on drilling off of our coasts. They could have begun eliminating obstacles to building new nuclear plants. They could have promoted the expansion of the clean coal process. They could have allowed us to begin drilling for more natural gas. They could have lifted the ban on ANWR. They could have passed a bill to incentivize the expansion of renewable energy sources. They could have lowered the price of the gas in your tank. If Congress would take ANY of these steps, the price of gas would go down. What did they do? Nothing, nada, zilch, zip, zero.
Instead they tell you that these steps would only lower the price a few cents. At this point, lowering it a few cents would be better than allowing it to go up. They tell you to blame big oil and those evil speculators. They tell you it will take years to get any oil from new homeland sources. I don't know, but years sounds better than never to me. It is time for the American people to tell Congress a thing or two.
It is our right and our duty to question our leaders. (or so those on the left keep telling us) We must begin to hold our Congressman and Senators accountable for inaction. So I will start here and now. My Congressman is Jason Altmire. I will be writing and calling Mr. Altmire's office when he returns from vacation. What is he doing to help the people in his district lower their energy costs? When will he support the drill here, drill now campaign? When will he vote to lift the ban on ANWR? Where did he go for vacation?
Where does your representation stand on these issues? If you don't know.........it' time to get smart!