Energy, Gas & Environment
The environment and energy use are major issues of concern for our country. We need to think creatively about how to build an economy that is less dependent on foreign oil and instead champions American clean energy innovations. We need to build the foundation for a clean energy economy.
My first priority when discussing energy policy is to put a higher priority on reducing energy use. Conservation efforts can make a difference faster than alternative fuels or expanded drilling programs, and they should be a prominent part of any legislation. Government subsidies to the oil and gas industry need to end as they are obstructing progress towards cleaner, more efficient energy systems. We can create American energy independence by rewarding and promoting businesses that seek innovations in renewable energy.
We have dozens of businesses in the 8th District that are ready and able to help us diversify our energy sources. Our location, infrastructure and expertise make this area a great place to help build the components of a new energy economy. Supporting businesses like these will also create new jobs and give our economy a new foundation for long-term economic growth.
The rising cost of gas is a major area of concern for families across the 8th district, many of whom have long commutes. We need to advance vehicle fuel technologies and build more efficient homes, buildings, and factories. Ultimately, the solution is to secure American energy by investing in safe and responsible domestic oil while moving towards a clean energy future. I will support light rail and other low-carbon alternative modes of transportation. We cannot have our future determined by the price of foreign oil and instead need to invest in expanding and modernizing our clean energy alternatives.
I strongly support clean energy innovations that begin with conservation, energy independence, and the ingenuity of American business before we irreparably harm the environment for our children and grandchildren.