Energy empowers us, gives us choices, and improves our quality of life.

Consumers, workers, families, and businesses should have the right to choose what cars to drive and what fuels to use. We should be able to decide what works best for us, not the government.

Affordable, reliable energy is an essential element in the lives of all of us: families, employers and employees, communities, schools and hospitals and the most vulnerable among us. The poor, the elderly and those on fixed incomes spend a greater percentage of their household income on energy than do those who are better off.

Reliable supplies of gasoline, diesel, and home heating oil are crucial to ensuring that families, workers, and businesses have the ability to get where they need to go when they need to get there. When you fill up the tank, you expect that fuel to work every time.

Whether we take buses, cars or mass transportation to work, school or on errands, we are all directly affected by the price of gasoline and diesel fuel.

Because just about everything we use in our daily lives and the almost all the food we eat is at some point transported by trucks or vans, the price of gasoline and diesel has a ripple effect through the economy.

Government action which increases the cost of energy should be subject to the most careful examination and should only be allowed if it: increases the supply of reliable fuel; preserves consumer choice; provides clear benefits; improves the environment; is the result of a transparent process; is easy to explain and understand; and doesn’t create unnecessary government programs or bureaucracies.

Whether it is a carbon tax, a mandate on consumers to use a particular fuel, or some other way to limit or take away consumer choice, government efforts to make energy decisions for consumers are usually expensive, impair reliability, have few (if any) benefits, are complicated, and create unnecessary bureaucracies.