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Energy & Foreign Oil

Although fossil fuels may still be necessary today, there are alternatives available and we must quickly transition to clean energy in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. Using alternative forms of energy will also reduce our dependence on the OPEC cartel and other oil-producing countries.

The United States needs to have an independent foreign policy free from the influence of oil producers such as Saudi Arabia and Russia. Oil independence will also limit America's exposure to price shocks in the global oil market caused by market manipulation or unexpected supply disruptions.

Contrary to common knowledge, the USA has been producing and exporting oil for a long time. And beginning in 2011 we became a net oil exporter, meaning we exported more oil than we imported. Yet somehow all the new oil wells we've been drilling hasn't reduced gasoline prices. So the question is-- why have gas prices been skyrocketing?

The fundamental reason is that Wall Street has been engaging in speculation, so in order to reduce oil prices we need limit market speculation and reduce demand for oil by investing in clean technology. In other words, increasing oil supply doesn't necessarily lead to lower prices unless we curb speculation and reduce demand.

After all, if increasing supply by drilling for more oil was the solution, then rising oil production during George W. Bush's first six years (2000-2006) would have decreased gasoline prices below $1 per gallon. However, the Republican-controlled congress didn't take climate change seriously, so instead of investing in clean technology they encouraged more drilling and failed to address market speculation.

My opponent, Mimi Walters, keeps voting for more oil drilling despite the fact the evidence proves the contrary that this in no way reduces gasoline prices at the pumps. All this does is make more of her wealthy billionaire class contributors wealthier and does not in any way help the middle-class in our district earn more money or create more jobs.

Walters supported YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill H.910). Walters supported YES on de-authorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species (Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824). Walters supported YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects (Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Bill HR 1904). She has consistently demonstrated that she is not for protecting our precious environment. I believe that if she had the power, she would just dismantle the entire EPA. According to The League of Conservation Voter, she is an anti-environmentalist.

Walters supported NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act; Bill H.R.7060). Walters supported NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act; Bill HR6049). Walters supported NO on tax incentives for renewable energy (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act; Bill H.R.5351). Walters supported NO on investing in homegrown biofuel (New Direction for Energy Independence; Bill HR3221). Walters supported NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies (Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation(CLEAN); Bill HR 6 ("First 100 hours")), Walters supported NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol (Amendment sponsored by Olver, D-MA; Bill HR 4690). Walters supported NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros (Restore Our American Mustangs Act; Bill H.R.1018). Simply stated, when one connects the dots here, one sees clearly that she has little interest in preserving the environment; rather, she wants to sustain our insatiable addictive appetite for oil. She wants to continue to help her oil buddies and campaign contributors in any way possible including giving them our taxpayers’ money in the form of subsidies when they’ve been enjoying record profit years during the Great Recession. She is opposed to energy independence, according to Campaign for America’s Future. Walters is not standing up for WE the People. She is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act; Bill H.R.7060)
  • NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act; Bill HR6049)
  • NO on tax incentives for renewable energy (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act; Bill H.R.5351)
  • NO on investing in homegrown biofuel (New Direction for Energy Independence; Bill HR3221)
  • NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies (Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation(CLEAN); Bill HR 6 ("First 100 hours"))
  • NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol (Amendment sponsored by Olver, D-MA; Bill HR 4690)
  • NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros (Restore Our American Mustangs Act; Bill H.R.1018)
  • YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill H.910)
  • YES on de-authorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species (Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824)
  • YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects (Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Bill HR 1904)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Address our contribution to climate change
  • Balance between environment and search for energy
  • Renewable energy tax credits
  • Repeal fossil fuel subsidies
  • Reform energy speculation market
  • Label our genetically engineered food
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale

My opponent, Mimi Walters, keeps voting for more oil drilling despite the fact the evidence proves the contrary that this in no way reduces gasoline prices at the pumps. All this does is make more of her wealthy billionaire class contributors wealthier and does not in any way help the middle-class in our district earn more money or create more jobs.

Walters supported YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill H.910). Walters supported YES on de-authorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species (Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824). Walters supported YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects (Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Bill HR 1904). She has consistently demonstrated that she is not for protecting our precious environment. I believe that if she had the power, she would just dismantle the entire EPA. According to The League of Conservation Voter, she is an anti-environmentalist.

Walters supported NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act; Bill H.R.7060). Walters supported NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act; Bill HR6049). Walters supported NO on tax incentives for renewable energy (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act; Bill H.R.5351). Walters supported NO on investing in homegrown biofuel (New Direction for Energy Independence; Bill HR3221). Walters supported NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies (Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation(CLEAN); Bill HR 6 ("First 100 hours")), Walters supported NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol (Amendment sponsored by Olver, D-MA; Bill HR 4690). Walters supported NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros (Restore Our American Mustangs Act; Bill H.R.1018). Simply stated, when one connects the dots here, one sees clearly that she has little interest in preserving the environment; rather, she wants to sustain our insatiable addictive appetite for oil. She wants to continue to help her oil buddies and campaign contributors in any way possible including giving them our taxpayers’ money in the form of subsidies when they’ve been enjoying record profit years during the Great Recession. She is opposed to energy independence, according to Campaign for America’s Future. Walters is not standing up for WE the People. She is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act; Bill H.R.7060)
  • NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act; Bill HR6049)
  • NO on tax incentives for renewable energy (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act; Bill H.R.5351)
  • NO on investing in homegrown biofuel (New Direction for Energy Independence; Bill HR3221)
  • NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies (Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation(CLEAN); Bill HR 6 ("First 100 hours"))
  • NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol (Amendment sponsored by Olver, D-MA; Bill HR 4690)
  • NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros (Restore Our American Mustangs Act; Bill H.R.1018)
  • YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill H.910)
  • YES on de-authorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species (Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824)
  • YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects (Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Bill HR 1904)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Address our contribution to climate change
  • Balance between environment and search for energy
  • Renewable energy tax credits
  • Repeal fossil fuel subsidies
  • Reform energy speculation market
  • Label our genetically engineered food
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale

My opponent, Mimi Walters, keeps voting for more oil drilling despite the fact the evidence proves the contrary that this in no way reduces gasoline prices at the pumps. All this does is make more of her wealthy billionaire class contributors wealthier and does not in any way help the middle-class in our district earn more money or create more jobs.

Walters supported YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill H.910). Walters supported YES on de-authorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species (Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824). Walters supported YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects (Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Bill HR 1904). She has consistently demonstrated that she is not for protecting our precious environment. I believe that if she had the power, she would just dismantle the entire EPA. According to The League of Conservation Voter, she is an anti-environmentalist.

Walters supported NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act; Bill H.R.7060). Walters supported NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act; Bill HR6049). Walters supported NO on tax incentives for renewable energy (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act; Bill H.R.5351). Walters supported NO on investing in homegrown biofuel (New Direction for Energy Independence; Bill HR3221). Walters supported NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies (Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation(CLEAN); Bill HR 6 ("First 100 hours")), Walters supported NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol (Amendment sponsored by Olver, D-MA; Bill HR 4690). Walters supported NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros (Restore Our American Mustangs Act; Bill H.R.1018). Simply stated, when one connects the dots here, one sees clearly that she has little interest in preserving the environment; rather, she wants to sustain our insatiable addictive appetite for oil. She wants to continue to help her oil buddies and campaign contributors in any way possible including giving them our taxpayers’ money in the form of subsidies when they’ve been enjoying record profit years during the Great Recession. She is opposed to energy independence, according to Campaign for America’s Future. Walters is not standing up for WE the People. She is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act; Bill H.R.7060)
  • NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act; Bill HR6049)
  • NO on tax incentives for renewable energy (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act; Bill H.R.5351)
  • NO on investing in homegrown biofuel (New Direction for Energy Independence; Bill HR3221)
  • NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies (Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation(CLEAN); Bill HR 6 ("First 100 hours"))
  • NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol (Amendment sponsored by Olver, D-MA; Bill HR 4690)
  • NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros (Restore Our American Mustangs Act; Bill H.R.1018)
  • YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill H.910)
  • YES on de-authorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species (Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824)
  • YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects (Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Bill HR 1904)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Address our contribution to climate change
  • Balance between environment and search for energy
  • Renewable energy tax credits
  • Repeal fossil fuel subsidies
  • Reform energy speculation market
  • Label our genetically engineered food
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale