To bring down energy costs, I have opposed efforts by local electric utilities to raise their rates on homes and businesses.  I have also opposed efforts to raise the state gas tax, which would unfairly hurt rural areas where businesses and families have to travel greater distances to work, shop, or go to school.  Instead, I support additional energy exploration in Virginia that will lower energy costs by increasing supplies of coal, oil, and natural gas, including exploration off our coastal areas.  I also support tax incentives for the development of alternative fuels, including solar, wind, and bio-fuels.  I believe Virginia's resources should be utilized to maximize our energy production, including nuclear power.  By lowering energy costs for families and businesses, we can help attract employers who will create new jobs.