The solution to energy dependence is not using less energy, increasing its price or limiting one’s choices to heat homes or power transportation, says Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Nor will it be achieved through new government regulations, mandates or higher taxes.
“We have found ourselves in a bit of a rut, policy-wise,” Murkowski said. “A choice between sweeping mandates, unprecedented spending, burdensome regulations—or all of those all at once—is not much of a choice at all.”
Murkowski’s comments came during a speech last week to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ annual meeting in Washington, where she unveiled the Republican blueprint for the panel’s oversight and legislative goals in the new congressional session titled “Energy 20/20, A Vision for America’s Energy Future.”