A recent Associated Press poll found that the share of seniors expressing financial hardship over gas prices hit 76 percent this month, up from 68 percent in March. While every upswing in gas prices disproportionately affects lower income households, the pain appears to be spreading across the income scale. How much more suffering will it take before all of our elected officials realize we need a comprehensive approach to our nation’s energy policy – one that recognizes that the oil and gas industry has a vital role to play. Stalling drilling permits and the jobs that go with them actually hurts millions of oil and gas workers across the country and foregoes billions in lost government revenue from energy production. Energy consumers will continue paying nearly $4 per gallon at the gas pump while our lawmakers hold hearings, cast blame, and skirt around barriers to domestic energy production of our own making. As we reflect this weekend on the tremendous sacrifice of those defending our country, it’s a timely reminder that nothing worth having comes easy. This is surely the case for our nation’s energy policy – it’s a fight worth having to secure an economically sound and energy secure future.