Tuesday, June 3, 2008
U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy, a democrat from Allegheny County, sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Republican leader John Boehner today calling upon them to forget party lines and end the American energy embargo. Murphy, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, asks Congress to implement an American Energy Action plan. He says the United States is rich with billions of barrels of oil within its borders, but will not allow drilling. He also says that citizens are fed up with the high costs of gasoline and food, and are growing frustrated with the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs. Murphy insists that U.S. oil can be drilled safely to prevent major environmental damage, and that an increase in supply coupled with conservancy could provide relief at the pump and jobs for the workforce. The average price of gasoline in Pittsburgh has reached $4.00 a gallon and oil is trading at around $128 per barrel.