VIDEO: Roskam Releases "Ask Peter" Video on Rising Energy Costs‏

From the office of Rep. Peter Roskam (R, Illinois 6th District)…

Roskam Releases “Ask Peter” Video on Rising Energy Costs

WASHINGTON – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the latest installment of Ask Peter today, a frequent video conversation with Sixth District residents about issues important to them. In this segment he addresses a Facebook comment from Rick Nelson in Wheaton and an email from Katerine de Swardt about rising gas and energy prices and why this is the unfortunate result of the Administration’s energy policy designed to benefit political allies at the expense of lower American energy prices.

Ask Peter videos will be available to the public at,,, and via press release. The videos will also be sent to the constituents via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter, depending on how they contacted the Roskam office.


Welcome back to Ask Peter, I’m Congressman Peter Roskam.

The thing I’ve been hearing most about lately is rising gas prices. It’s a big, big concern at home and it’s going to have a big impact on us in the months to come, that’s for sure.

The question is: Where are we and why are we here? Well, we are at 3 and a half dollars a gallon right now and there is really no end in sight. In the past year in the Midwest gas prices have spiked up a dollar and a half a gallon.

But it really should be no surprise that we’re here, and the reason it’s no surprise is we’ve got an Administration that is running an energy policy to benefit political allies.

Think about it: The President of the United States says no to the Keystone Pipeline and yes to Solyndra, literally spending hundreds of millions of dollars for fringe projects that ultimately went bankrupt and didn’t help anybody. It sure didn’t help us.

So I think what we’ve got to do is remember we can fight back. We’re fighting back hard in the House of Representatives on the Keystone project, wanting to make sure that gets expanded for energy expansion and energy security here in the United States.

We’re pushing hard to open up areas in the West – huge natural gas finds, a very safe and abundant source of energy that the Administration has not been helpful on, they’ve been slow walking permits.

And then similarly there’s great opportunities offshore to drill and create more energy that ultimately are domestic sources of energy. Again, unfortunately the Administration hasn’t been helpful.

I’ve heard from Rick Nelson from Wheaton who sent me a Facebook and also Katherine de Swardt from Schaumburg who sent an email, and those communications are vital. So keep up the emails, Facebook, Twitter – all of those types of things. Send me a postcard, send me a letter.

I’m Congressman Peter Roskam.

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