Former Speaker Newt Gingrich through American Solutions has been promoting a citizen petition to the Congress calling for an energy policy of “Drill Here! Drill Now! Pay Less!”
The petition states:
“We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices (and diesel and other fuel prices) by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries.”
While good electioneering, this program is bad policy, focusing upon a single out of context concrete.
As directed by the electorate, the Congress has abused its regulation of commerce to act in restraint of free trade between Americans.
Even if the specific concretes of this campaign were resolved, there are a myriad of non-objective statutes imposed upon American citizens that create an untenable compliance cost, which drives business, including energy, overseas or into non-existence.