Secure Our Energy Future, Don't Joke About It
At an event sponsored by the Tucson Tea Party this week, I was surprised to hear one of my competitors, Jesse Kelly, state that oil is a renewable resource. It is not. We need to secure our energy future now, not make jokes about it. Folks, this is a serious issue that is affecting everyone in our country. Gas prices are rising at a record rate. Consumption of petroleum products around the world is increasing rapidly- and will continue to increase long into the future.
Yes, we have significant untapped energy sources here at home, and we must take full advantage of those reserves. But we can't ignore the strategic national security and economic implications of disruptions in the Middle East. We can't just bury our heads in Canadian oil sands and hope for the best. As we've seen in recent months, we really do live in a global economy. What happens in China, Europe and elsewhere directly affects us here at home.
We need a comprehensive national energy policy, not another joke or sound bite. It's time to responsibly increase our domestic production of oil, coal, and natural gas, improve our distribution capabilities, complete the Keystone Pipeline, and increase our refining capacity.
But we also have to work with our allies across the globe to ensure the stability of key oil-producing regions elsewhere. This is a complex issue, and no one is going to solve it with a one-liner. We need real solutions. We need leaders with the strategic national and international experience to address these problems swiftly and logically. Leave the jokes to Leno.
McSally Officially on Ballot for Arizona Special Election
February 27, 2012
Tucson, AZ -
"I want to send a big 'thank you' and 'bless you' out to all"
the volunteers and supporters who helped us gather over fifteen hundred signatures and put my name on the ballot for this special election," said Martha McSally. "The support I have received has been overwhelming and humbling. Together, we're going to give the boot to those big spenders in Washington and start getting things done once again.
Officially, McSally for Congress filed 1505 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State's office in Tucson. Efforts to collect additional signatures for the November CD2 election are continuing.