Under President Obama’s watch, gas prices have doubled and all signs point to a continued rise. Many analysts are predicting we will hit $4 per gallon by summer. In some parts of the country we are already there.

In Arkansas, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Arkansas is up almost 25 cents from a month ago.

Think about what that does to our economy. It hits seniors and single parents living on fixed incomes hard; drives up the costs of goods; and dramatically changes our spending decisions.

High fuel prices are hurting Americans and preventing our economy from creating new jobs.

To combat this, I’ve joined with my Republican colleagues to push for amendments to legislation that will authorize construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and drilling off the Outer Continental Shelf. Both of these measures will help us ease this crisis by increasing production.

Unfortunately, President Obama and Senate Democrats are playing politics and blocking these responsible energy policies because of complaints from environmental special interests close to the Democrat Party.

That’s unacceptable and I will continue to fight for increased energy production in the United States.

The American people are demanding action from Washington. They are frustrated by rising prices at the pump and across our economy as businesses cope with spending more on transportation costs. We can begin to change that by increasing production here at home.

I believe creating new energy jobs and reducing prices at the pump is a winning proposition for the American people and our economy. We need to be responsible about the environment but not hold energy production hostage to a radical point of view.

What do you think? Please leave me a comment here. I want your opinion on this critical issue.

Thank you for your continued support.