What timing, Senator Warner wrote back this morning. His response and some of this thoughts regarding energy in the state of Virginia are listed in his response below. He certainly seems to differ from my previous responses such as his openness to drilling off of the coast of Virginia as well as expanding our use of the Alaskan reserves.
July 29, 2008
Dear Mr. Ingram:
Thank you for contacting me regarding energy issues. I always appreciate hearing from my fellow Virginians.
As Congress has debated energy legislation for the last few years, my major goals for any comprehensive energy package have been to: (1) expand domestic production; (2) reduce dependence on foreign oil; (3) promote new technology; (4) enhance conservation and efficiency; (5) encourage alternative and renewable fuels; and (6) do these things while continuing to grow the economy.
Therefore I was pleased to see the passage of The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (H.R.6). This legislation, an omnibus bill that incorporated many previously introduced pieces of energy-related legislation, passed the Senate in early December and was signed into law by the President on December 19th, 2007. This legislation will increase the use of alternative and renewable fuels, promote energy efficiency and conservation, and increase fuel economy in cars and trucks to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. This legislation represents an important step forward in reducing America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy.
While this legislation addressed many conservation and efficiency issues, I also believe the United States must encourage domestic oil and gas production. Therefore, in recent years I have championed efforts to allow for the exploration and extraction of natural gas off the coast of Virginia. Moreover, I have consistently supported measures that seek to expand domestic production of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. Coupled with conservation, higher automobile fuel economy standards, and greater use of alternative and renewable fuels, using our own domestic resources will allow for lower gas prices and less dependence on foreign sources of oil and gas.
Lastly, please know that I believe the United States must continue to pursue clean energy solutions, including the expanded use of nuclear power, the development of clean coal technology, and a greater reliance on alternative and renewable energies. If the United States is to wean itself off of foreign oil and gas, combat global warming, and grow its economy, these clean energy technologies must be a part of the solution.
Again, thank you for your comments. I firmly believe improving America’s energy security is absolutely essential for our nation’s national security.
With kind regards, I am
John W. Warner
United States Senator