Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
The June 5th primary is 2 days away. Perhaps you have not had the opportunity to view Elizabeth’s energy policy and compare it with the “Just say no to oil of Diane Feinstein’s
It has been ten years since Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats first argued against energy production from ANWR because — it would take up to 10 years for the oil to reach the market. Gas was $1.45 per gallon at the time. Let’s not make the same mistakes again.
70% of “Green Energy” Dollars Went to Obama Donors
I support an “all of the above” energy policy, in direct contrast to Dianne Feinstein’s “none of the above” agenda that blocks exploration, increases regulation, and undermines innovation.
Given the growing list of failures in the Democrats’ green jobs boondoggle, we should take government out of the business of picking winners and losers in the energy development marketplace.
- Evergreen Solar
- Solyndra (received $535 million)
- Beacon Power (received $43 million)
- AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy
- Nevada Geothermal (received $98.5 million)
- SunPower (received $1.5 billion)
- First Solar (received $1.46 billion)
- Babcock & Brown (an Australian company which received $178 million)
- Ener1 (subsidiary EnerDel received $118.5 million)
- Amonix (received 5.9 million)
- The National Renewable Energy Lab
- Fisker Automotive
- Abound Solar (received $400 million)
- Chevy Volt (taxpayers basically own GM)
- Solar Trust of America
- A123 Systems (received $279 million)
- Willard & Kelsey Solar Group (received $6 million)
- Johnson Controls (received $299 million)
- Schneider Electric (received $86 million)
We can achieve energy independence through sensible investment that maximizes our current energy resources, and opens a “Pipeline to Prosperity” that encourages development of alternative energy through private enterprise.
- First, I propose we tie a portion of the profits from new and renewed energy exploration leases to fund tax credits that support alternative fuel technology research and development. This simultaneously begins the process of reducing our reliance on foreign oil by refocusing on domestic production, while ensuring an even longer-term focus on non-oil based energy alternatives.
- We must focus on the abundant American resources at our disposal – oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy – and unleash American ingenuity to use those resources to their maximum potential. No new energy regulations should be enacted if they cost American jobs, restrict American ingenuity and weaken American security.
- Environmental laws need to be updated and must take the regulatory cost into account. The EPA must also use accurate and quantifiable data in assessing the benefits of its regulations. We must have dramatic regulatory reform to accelerate the exploration and development of oil and gas, to facilitate construction of vital infrastructure and to preserve and expand crucial electricity capacity. The permitting process must be streamlined and create fixed timelines.
- We should respect the proven ability of individual states to regulate fracking, rather than sending federal bureaucrats to take control.
- Coal must also be part of a diversified energy plan and should not be regulated out of existence. China continues to import coal at a record pace. We should lead the way in exporting environmentally safe coal practices, so that their development does not harm the global environment.
Here’s the bottom line: we all seek a greener, cleaner planet, but growing energy costs will further weaken the economy, eliminate jobs, and drive up the price of everything. Establishing an environmentally aware domestic energy strategy will divert resources from regimes funding terrorism while lowering the cost of producing American goods.
Let’s encourage investment in both new energy technologies and alternative sources. We can position America to lead the world on energy, now and in the future, without picking politically inspired winners or stifling the energy sources at our disposal.
In short, we must aggressively develop America’s energy potential. Doing so could create more than a million new jobs; provide inexpensive energy that will help increase our manufacturing base; and generate royalties and profits that will become a new revenue stream to support alternative fuel technology research and development.
America can no longer hold back or hold off on energy independence. The sooner we can break the stranglehold of federal bureaucracy, the sooner we can build a “Pipeline to Prosperity” that encourages innovation and investment, protects our national interests as well as our national security, and displays the courage that has always symbolized America’s success.