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Letter to the Editor: We can count on Dean Heller

Gas prices are beginning to come down and that’s good. But how long will this trend continue without common sense energy policies in place? The fact is that President Obama has made some stunningly bad decisions that affect how producers develop energy resources and how much it will cost us all as energy consumers.

So far, he has slowed permitting for drilling in the U.S., halted construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and allowed his administration to regulate energy development in ways that have less to do with science and more to do with political posturing.

But there’s more. The President still means to make good on his plan to raise taxes on oil and natural gas companies. This is a dangerously flawed policy that could end up costing businesses and consumers more for fuel, kill jobs and slow our economic recovery.

Nevadans have had more than their share of tough economic times. A state unemployment rate of 11.6% continues to be a drag on our growth. That’s why now, more than ever, we should be glad we can count on Senator Dean Heller!

He is a solidly conservative legislator who understands that raising taxes on reliable job creators will not help what ails our economy. If there were more like him in Congress, perhaps Americans wouldn’t have to worry so much about the cost of their next tank of gas.

Wes Rice

Zephyr Cove

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 9, 2012 04:32PM Published Jul 9, 2012 04:31PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.