I support having a diversified energy portfolio including oil, clean-burning coal, natural gas, and renewable energy sources that are economically viable. Having these different sources will contribute to good paying jobs and a vibrant economy.

We have vast energy resources in our own country, and we need to take advantage of them. If we don’t, then we drive up the cost of energy, which hurts those who can least afford it: young families, those of fixed income, the working poor.

Energy independence is also an essential component to a strong national defense.