<FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2><FONT color=black><FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial>And you wonder why gasoline is so expensive!!!! Please take a close look at this map. Then print it out and place it on your fridge where you will see it every day.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comChina</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Cuba</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region> and others continue to drill off our shores where <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">US</st1lace></st1:country-region> companies are not allowed to drill because of our restrictive drilling policies! Yes, that's right. China and Cuba are actively exploring oil fields 50 miles from Key West, <st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State> while <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> companies are barred from working in this area because of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">U.S.</st1lace></st1:country-region> policy. So, instead of allowing the most environmentally responsible companies to operate there and increase our domestic supply,<st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">China</st1lace></st1:country-region>, who has a dismal environmental record, is preparing to suck our close, lucrative oil reserves dry. Unbelievable! Investor's Business Daily recently explained how irresponsible the Democrats have been on the energy crisis. They lay into what they consider to be the worst Congress ever for ... ~ Failing to allow drilling in ANWR. We have, as President Bush noted, estimated capacity of a million barrels of oil a day from this source alone -- enough for 27 million gallons of gas and diesel. But Congress won't touch it, fearful of the clout of the environmental lobby. As a result, you pay through the nose at the pump so your representative can raise campaign cash. ~ Refusing to build new refineries. The <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">U.S.</st1lace></st1:country-region> hasn't built one since 1976, yet the EPA requires at least 15 unique 'boutique' fuel blends that can be sold in different areas around the nation. This means that <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">U.S.</st1lace></st1:country-region> refinery capacity is stretched so tight that even the slightest problem at any refinery causes enormous supply problems and price spikes. Our Congress (both former and recent) has done nothing about this. ~ Turning its back on nuclear power. It's safe and, with advances in nuclear reprocessing technology, waste problems have been minimized. Still, we have just 104 nuclear plants -- the same as a decade ago -- producing just 19% of our total energy. Many European nations produce 40% or more of their power with nuclear. Granted, nuclear power plants are expensive -- about $3 billion each. But they produce energy at $1.72/kilowatt-hour vs. $2.37 for coal and $6.35 for natural gas. Besides, our Navy has been running its ships by nuclear power without adverse incident for over 50 years. Doesn't that account for anything as far as dependability is concerned? ~ Raising taxes on energy producers. This is where a basic understanding of economics would help: Higher taxes and needless regulation lead to less production of a commodity. So by proposing 'windfall' and other taxes on energy companies plus tough new rules, Congress only makes our energy situation worse. And do you believe those energy producers are going to absorb those additional tax increases or will they simply pass them on to their customers? These are just a few of Congress' sins of omission -- all while India, China, Eastern Europe and the Middle East are adding more than a million barrels of new demand each and every year. New Energy Department forecasts see world oil demand growing 40% by 2030, including a 28% increase in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">U.S.</st1lace></st1:country-region> Americans who are worried about the direction of their country, including runaway energy and food prices, should keep in mind the upcoming election isn't just about choosing a new president. We'll also pick a new Congress. Realistically, if we elect a liberal Democrat as president in the Fall and keep the same Democrat-controlled Congress, what kind of 'change' can we expect? Certainly high gasoline prices, which will continue to increase. And with that, the 'domino effect' will come into play, and we're already seeing that, aren't we? If you agree with the need to let the American people know who is REALLY responsible for the sky-high gasoline prices we're seeing today, you will want to forward this e-mail to everyone you know.