Across our state, gas prices continue to inch up to record levels. The same is happening in states across our country. And while I and others have taken steps to try to lessen the burden for Utahns at the pump, unfortunately we're being fought every step of the way by one of the most anti-American energy administrations in our history.
Utah and neighboring states in the West contain some of the most energy-rich lands in the world. We have a great opportunity to lead the way in producing energy here at home, which means creating jobs in our communities and lower gas prices and home heating costs everywhere. Instead, the administration has shown that when it comes to American energy, it's always a half step forward and 10 steps back.
Days after President Obama announcing in his State of the Union address an "all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy," the administration cut access to federal lands in the West for oil shale development by nearly 75 percent and proposed a 50 percent royalty hike on domestic energy production on public lands.