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from one of my Rep's Thank you for contacting me regarding our nation's energy policy. I am glad to have the benefit of your views on this issue.

Last summer, our country was in the midst of an energy crisis. We were paying nearly four dollars for a gallon of gas and our utility bills were skyrocketing. Our energy problems have not gone away, and the early signs of a similar situation are already resurfacing. It remains important that Congress work to ensure that the U.S. has an ample supply of cheap, abundant energy.

Congress is considering several pieces of legislation that deal directly with the future of our nation's energy policy. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) introduced the America Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) in the House of Representatives on May 15, 2009. This bill would establish a so-called "cap and trade" system for carbon emissions. On June 26, the House of Representatives narrowly passed legislation by a vote of 219 to 212. While the Senate has yet to consider this legislation, I am opposed to any sort of cap and trade system because it is an unwarranted tax increase on the American people.

In the Senate, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is preparing a comprehensive energy bill, the American Clean Energy Leadership Act. The bill includes a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), requiring utilities to supply a percentage of their electricity from renewable generation.

Knowing of your interest in the subject, I have attached a column I recently wrote addressing several of these issues. It is unclear when the Senate will consider energy legislation, or what form it will take. Be assured I will continue to work for a comprehensive solution and will keep your comments in mind as Congress considers legislation affecting our nation's energy policy. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance.

With best wishes, I am

Sincerely Yours,
Roger F.Wicker
U.S. Senate