Rep. Pombo

By January 31, 2006General

Rep. Pombo (chair of the House Resources Committee) has joined us. You may recall that we jumped in a while ago to defend him from a cheap shot attack from the New York Times.

“We need to get more aggressive on energy. ANWR is the one that gets all the attention, that’s a small part of what we need to do but its something we must do. ANWR needs to be protected, but it doesn’t mean we can’t protect it and explore for oil at the same time.”

Pombo also put ANWR into perspective, including the fact that its only 2,000 acres-one-fifth the size of Dulles Airport, as we have noted.

We need to make sure America remains the best place in the world to do business. But businesses don’t want to stay in America if they have to pay the highest energy prices in the world and if Congress blocks access to American resources.

We must use American resources as we look to increasing and diversifying all our energy supplies. Why would we actively seek to increase our imports? Why wouldn’t we want to create U.S. jobs?

We need to look at unconventional sources and renewal energy like wind, bio-diesel, geothermal & solar energy. At the same time, we need to improve conservation and the efficient use of energy. It also would be irresponsible to pretend we won’t need traditional fossil fuels in the near future as we transition to alternative sources.