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.

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  • paula rey harris

    03/19/2012 08:49 AM

    senator boozman i agree you are absolutely right!!!!!!!

  • William Palermo

    03/16/2012 04:23 PM

    Sir you are preaching to the choir. I am retired and very tired of hearing about speaches dealing with energy or lack there of. We have been hearing for years (or to quote Mr. Obama's latest speech 30 years; drill drill drill)had we drilled 30 years back we wouldn't be looking at $4, $5 and possibly $6/gallon. He says oil is so yesterday technology. Excuse me how un informed can he be. Oil has many derivitives, eveything from pharmaceuticals,to clothing and lubricants, not just fuel. How would Airforce 1 fly on green energy? Would he trust it? Europe has had less than desired results from green. His bets have been a joke to the tune of billions wasted and very little long term jobs. Wind and solar can not be throttled or stored, convential electricity can be regulated by adding more or less generation as needed. The integration of green into the grid has met with poor results. Just look at Washington state having to shut down the wind turbines but still having to pay the owners for not generating electricity.
    Over supply of oil will drive down the price.
    Saudi Arabia is asked to produce more oil; this proves the above statement, yet we look like fools that cannot supply own energy.

  • sam lazenby

    03/16/2012 04:03 PM

    Yes, domestic oil and gas production will decrease our need for energy imports from people who don't like us. It is called Energy Security which we don't enjoy now.
    As for high gas prices, well, they are driven by speculation by the big multi-national banks due to the Enron Loophole which you may or may not have supported. Several attempts to close this atrocity have failed.
    Where are you?

  • Lee Hampton

    03/16/2012 09:54 AM

    We need to produce more of our own oil for this country for sure. But we also need to address the greed in the oil company's and the special intrest groups and speculators.

  • Eddie Baker

    03/15/2012 05:40 PM

    I agree. Our economy is so dependent on oil. We need to drill in USA... hopefully not in mile deep water, which is asking for problems. The pipeline needs to be built. Drilling and the pipeline will create lots of jobs which America needs. (if we don't take the oil from Canada, someone else will)