Citizens are generally aware of most of Congress' actions (or inactions). Elections, for example, are public and well publicized. But too often, the actions of executive branch regulators affect American families and businesses in relative obscurity and with insufficient accountability. Last November, voters sent a message about excessive government spending, regulation and taxation, and their dissatisfaction with a faltering economy. Congress heard that message; it appears that the administration and its agencies did not.
It's the responsibility of Congress to ensure that the regulatory and legislative landscape governing development of our natural gas resources is favorable and encouraging, rather than restrictive and obstructive. Natural gas presents an opportunity to help secure our energy future - an opportunity we must not squander.
Rob Bishop, a Republican, represents Utah's 1st congressional district.
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