America's economic recovery has been slow to start, but the potential is there. We have the resources, the technology, and the manpower—and most importantly we have the will to grow. America's strength has always been in our attitude to get back up and keep fighting no matter how bad things get. American workers are ready to do it again.
One of those vital pieces that has always been part of our economic success is access to affordable energy. And now, when we have the opportunity to ensure stable sources of energy for centuries, that access is in jeopardy.
Extreme environmentalists are waging an all-out "war on coal" to reduce our nation's coal production and shut down coal-fired electrical generation. The results are obvious: higher electricity prices, lost jobs, and slower economic growth. And it will make it harder for our country to break free of this recession if we make energy artificially more expensive.