We lack an effective, long-term energy policy. Energy is not only an important domestic concern, it is also central to America’s foreign policy. Being subject to the globalized oil market makes us vulnerable to price manipulations and political instabilities around the world. At the same time, climate change threatens the very existence of our species.
California’s new 23rd congressional district is one of the country’s leading oil producers. One in every ten barrels consumed in the United States comes from Kern County. Our regional economy depends heavily on this natural resource. Petroleum products will remain essential to industry and agriculture for the foreseeable future.
At the same time, we must accelerate the transition from imported fossil fuels to domestic renewable energy. This is the best way to stabilize domestic energy prices and ensure the future health of our planet.
In the short run, I would support programs to increase fuel supplies and lower their cost. In the long run, I would support programs to achieve total energy independence and protect our environment. We need to be innovative and plan for the future. Yesterday’s thinking will not work tomorrow.