Freedom through energy and energy independence

A recent article in the Sunday NY Times outlined a growing phenomenon in our country; namely, many who are opposed to “safety net” programs are becoming increasingly dependent on them. The casual reader is then left to the not-so-subtle bias of the Times’ narrative, that we must tax more so those who are dependent can receive slightly larger checks.

What liberals fail to recognize and address is WHY those who clearly do not want to be dependent on government are becoming increasingly reliant on it…moreover, there has been no talk of WHAT we can do to fix this? The answer, in large part, is energy.

Much attention — and rightfully so — has been drawn to President Obama’s effort to block any “non-green” domestic energy production. However, most Americans do not realize is there is man in Congress who is doing even more damage to domestic energy development than our President.

That man is Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

For much of his career, Rep. Markey has been a fierce advocate for the environmentalist movement. This environmental advocacy may have begun with honorable intentions, but it has mutated into an extreme orthodoxy that threatens the security, economic stability and livelihoods of all Americans.

Markey is the author of Cap & Trade (Waxman — Markey bill), which called for nothing more than sending our wealth overseas based on arbitrary bureaucratic rules. Although Cap & Trade was defeated by the Senate (it passed in the House) in 2009, Rep. Markey has attempted to reintroduce it within the past few weeks.

Markey is a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and has introduced poison pill amendments to restrict sales of refined petroleum products exported from the United States. While this sounds good as a political sound byte, it makes for a lousy policy. Oil and the corresponding refined products are commodities. Limiting their export would result in rendering gasoline too expensive to produce and, consequently, petroleum manufacturers will be forced to cut back on production. This action will inevitably lead to higher prices, reduced supply, or both.

Markey has proposed similar legislative initiatives regarding natural gas, while accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the energy industry, creating, to say the least, a serious conflict of interest.

Ironically, as Rep. Markey plays these political games, foreign countries reliant on legacy fossil fuels are prevented from potential consumption of cleaner burning natural gas.

Most recently Rep. Markey asked President Obama to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower prices. Hypocritically, Markey thinks increasing supply via the SPR will lower prices, while increasing supply by developing our own domestic oil will not. And if that is not enough, Rep. Markey fervently believes that environmental regulations actually create jobs.

Cheap energy empowers economies to flourish. Conversely, when energy is expensive, an economy struggles. While most of us recognize this common sense fact, we do not often hear about all the downstream effects, and whom it hurts most.

In the simplest of terms, in order for our country to succeed, we need to utilize the bountiful resources at our disposal in a responsible and safe manner. Everyday working people are struggling financially because the cost of energy is being kept artificially high. As fuel prices across the country skyrocket, it becomes increasingly harder for families to make ends meet and everything we purchase becomes more expensive.

Democrats would have us believe that in order to combat the higher prices they helped create, we must redistribute wealthier individuals’ income. Of course, this idea is inherently wrong. The solution is to make services and commodities cheaper…and we accomplish this by making energy cheaper.

There has never been a clearer path to economic prosperity. Energy independence will move people away from government dependence, and toward freedom. How do we accomplish this? Again, the answer is simple.

Vote out the career politicians that are standing in the way.