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Even though Mr. Chu says he no longer espouses the belief that we need to increase gas prices to European levels, the administration’s recent proposal to increase taxpayer subsidies for alternative-energy sources and its continued assault on fossil fuels through onerous EPA regulations belie the likelihood of a true ideological conversion on the part of this energy secretary and the entire administration.

In just three years of Mr. Obama’s first term, the price of gas in America has doubled. I fear what the price will be at the end of a second term - and which European nation we will most likely resemble.

Rep. Mike Kelly is a Pennsylvania Republican.