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Energy prices are driven primarily by a balance between supply and demand. With Americans facing record energy prices, Congress should embrace policies that will expand production and boost energy supplies.
FreedomWorks activists have been visiting congressional offices in recent weeks to deliver the message that we need a sensible energy policy that promotes secure and reliable forms of energy at stable prices. What is not needed is sound bit politics that will create red tape and drive up the costs of energy.
FreedomWorks North Carolina activists delivered this message in person to Congressman Heath Shuler’s office on June 4th and asked the congressman to vote no on HR 2337, the Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act that was being debated in the Natural Resources Committee.
Unfortunately, Congressman Shuler did not get the message on HR 2337. Although Congressman Shuler is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of self professed fiscally conservative Democrats, his vote tells a different story. If this bill is ultimately signed into law it will limit the development of domestic energy sources.
Limiting energy supplies will make our economy less competitive globally and more dependent on foreign sources of energy, and will drive up costs to consumers.
FreedomWorks Southeast Regional Director Allen Page commented:
“While many members of Congress complain about high gas prices, their votes tell a different story. If we want to see gas prices come down we need to increase the supply. Limiting domestic production will do nothing to relieve energy costs; in fact it will make them worse. We will hold Congressman Shuler accountable for his rhetoric and votes. For someone who claims to be a fiscal conservative, Congressman Shuler is not taking real life economics into consideration on his energy votes.”
"FreedomWorks will educate voters in North Carolina’s 11th district on Congressman Shuler’s voting record. With over 26,000 activists in North Carolina, and nearly two thousand in the 11th district, we have a committed group of activists to make sure voters know where their representatives stand.”