Rising fuel prices affect every area of our economy, and we need to develop innovative ways of adapting to changes in the market. While the United States has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources, we still must be sure that we are working to meet the demand for energy brought on by our growing economy, and that we're prepared to meet our energy needs of the future.

Ultimately, as a nation, we need to continue to invest in the development of clean energy alternatives while utilizing the resources we have at our disposal to continue to prosper in a competitive global market.

I believe we must be good stewards of the environment, passing along a better Earth to our children and grandchildren. We must balance those efforts with the need to keep our country moving and our economy growing, however. Please know that I will continue to work to find that balance, protecting the earth for the world's future generations while ensuring businesses can continue growing and putting more Americans to work.