Reader's View: Congress must better protect energy competition

By reducing bureaucratic burdens and expanding the competitive marketplace, prices can begin to decline.

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I am writing representing the Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Association, expressing concern for the future of our economy and our energy independence.

All of us are experiencing tighter wallets due to inflation, the rising cost of energy, labor crises, and supply-chain issues, leading to much uncertainty within our communities. Now more than ever, we must come together to ask Congress for a conversation regarding passing real, concrete change.

Clean-energy infrastructure will see a massive boost in investment following the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. Many of my retail members support the opportunity to welcome charging stations for electric vehicles. However, this comes at the expense of the resources currently providing a massive share of our energy supply, contributing greatly to a future of higher energy costs.

Congress must do more to protect competition in the use of refining technologies, as well as revise the National Environmental Policy Act. By reducing bureaucratic burdens and expanding the competitive marketplace, prices can begin to decline. This would directly impact every American by putting more money back into our pockets, something we all desperately need in this economy.

We are hopeful members of Congress will hear our many concerns and respond in a manner to help increase energy production, thus lowering the cost of energy in the United States. This relief is incredibly important.


Lance Klatt

Little Canada, Minnesota

The writer is executive director of the statewide Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Association (

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