A WORD FROM THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER
From: Tom Daschle
To: Spencer Abraham
With natural gas prices reaching an all-time high, I sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Spence Abraham on Thursday asking the Bush Administration to investigate the recent price spikes.
In the last several weeks, there have been dramatic increases in the price of natural gas both nationally and in South Dakota. There have even been reports of rates in South Dakota doubling overnight. These spikes could possibly lead to a doubling of March home heating bills.
The high cost of natural gas is a serious problem that affects South Dakota’s already weakened economy and threatens the livelihoods of working families, farmers and small business people, all of whom are struggling to pay these rising energy bills. We need to determine the cause of these price spikes, and that is why I am asking the Bush Administration to begin an investigation into this matter as soon as possible.
Adding rising energy prices to an already sagging rural economy is a recipe for disaster. We need to get to the bottom of what’s going on and determine where and how the federal government can help.
Now, if I was the Secretary of Energy I would respond:
Where exactly on Federal Lands would you and your Party permit exploration for oil and natural gas resources ?