The following Viewer Voice was sent to us by Ted from Graniteville.
Congress is scheduled to take a long break in August 2008 and again are not planning to vote or pass legislation to deal with America’s energy crisis. The Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader are playing shameful obstructionism politics while average American’s are struggling to find money to pay for the outrageous gas and diesel prices. It would seem that our elected law makers should make it a priority to pass effective legislation to deal with America’s energy crisis before the August break. I am very worried about America’s future. Rising oil prices, falling house values and mortgage foreclosures have sent consumer confidence to a twenty five year low. Many industries like the airlines, trucking , automotive and rail road are fighting for survival due to the rising fuel costs. My small pension fund has decreased 20 percent over the past year and I am not alone because most American’s have also seen their pension or investments decline as well.
America’s national security is also at risk because we depend to much on foreign oil from countries that do not like us. We have energy resources within the United States and we need to use them . We also have or can develop technology for new energy resources. We should be doing everything possible to become energy dependent now. I also believe that oil speculators on future oil prices should be regulated by some federal agency. If our government does not get a handle on these speculators the country will see higher energy prices and many businesses will be forced to shut their doors.
It is time for political differences to be put aside and the members of congress to find effective solutions to deal with the energy crisis that is in the best interest of the American people. Laws need to be introduced, debated and passed, now. As a rule it seems, congress points fingers at the opposition or makes excuses. I want my elected officials to produce solutions and not make excuses for our problems. I expect actions that would address and provide short term relief to the American consumer while Congress is working on long term energy programs. Congress has the ability to enact and introduce programs from now to 25 years in the future or what ever they feel is for the good of our country. I believe everyday Congress fails to act contributes to the threat against our national security and also supports the decline of the average American’s standard of living. I urge all elected officials to work together to solve these big problems and make it happen now!!!