However, since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:
1) Consumer confidence plummet to historically low levels;
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars; and,
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
Toni Gilhooley supports a real energy policy aimed at lowering skyrocketing gas prices. The simple plan is in stark contrast to the inaction taken by her November opponent, Tim Holden, and his Democratic House leader, Nancy Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi’s 2006 campaign promise that Democrats would provide, “a commonsense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices (4/24/2006 – average gas price at the time $2.33 per gallon),” has never been revealed. Since that time the average price per gallon has ballooned to near $4 ($3.95 5/29/2008) per gallon.
Toni Gilhooley, as one of many measures in a comprehensive energy plan to be released in the coming weeks, supports drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and in American coastal waters. China has been given permission by Cuba to drill less than 50 miles from the coast of Florida.
“If we had taken measures to drill in ANWR and other areas ten years ago when Tim Holden voted NO and President Clinton vetoed a bill to allow it, we would not be experiencing the highest gasoline prices in history today. These extraordinarily high prices are affecting working families adversely in everything from food to transportation. We can no longer afford Tim Holden and his policies,” said Toni Gilhooley.