Mr. Levin, Why has the United States signed contracts with middle East countries to buy their oil?? Is the reason so they will buy our debts? Is this why the US doesn't drill for oil here in the United States.? We have enough oil in Alaska to supply the US for 200 years.. AND YET, the elected officials refuse to stand up to Obama and drill in our OWN country to help our own energy crisis, and economic crisis..I am affliated with hundreds of thousands of Americans that are going to vote all of you out of office in 2010..We as Americans have seen for many years our elected officials NOT Taking Action, for the welfare of the people. This administration for way too many years, has failed the citizens. Along with commiting FRAUD against the citizens of this great country, in forcing us to pay """Income Tax"""..This has been the biggest of Many decietful acts from our leaders..We are truely not the nation we have been lead to believe we are.. We The People will NOW take action to bring OUR Country to what WE believe it was to be, as our FORE Fathers meant it to be..
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Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 1:23 PM
Subject: Re: Your Concerns
Dear Ms. Crowell:
Thank you for contacting me regarding our nation's energy policy. I believe we need to work in an urgent and bipartisan fashion to enhance our nation’s energy independence and to address the skyrocketing energy prices that have burdened American consumers and businesses with increased costs.
We need to continue to develop a long-term, comprehensive plan that will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by investing in alternative energy and renewable technologies. In the short-term, we also need to increase our domestic energy supplies in a responsible manner. I support environmentally responsible efforts to increase the domestic production of oil and gas and to allow for exploration in an environmentally sound fashion because I believe developing new sources of domestic production is an important part of a comprehensive strategy to address the increasingly tight natural gas supply in the U.S. and the resulting high prices.
In an effort to reduce demand on traditional sources of energy which have increased dramatically in price over the past few years, I have also supported a number of measures to develop and improve renewable energy technologies and increase energy efficiency. For example, I support extending the renewable production tax credit (PTC) and other energy tax incentives in a manner that would allow for sound, reliable investment in clean sources of renewable energy over a sustained period of time. For much of the 110th Congress, efforts to complete action on these provisions have faced filibusters by the minority in the Senate. Recently, on September 23, 2008, I voted in support of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act (H.R.6049), which passed the Senate by a vote of 93 to 2. This bill would extend through 2009 the PTC for wind energy and other key incentives for renewable technologies such as solar and geothermal.
With significant investments in research and development, public-private partnerships and incentives for manufacturers to invest in new technologies, we can make great strides in hybrid, alternative, and renewable technologies that will dramatically reduce energy costs for American businesses and consumers while decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. I assure you I will continue to work to address our nation’s energy issues.