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It seems that both the U.S. Senate race and the Congressional race are quickly beginning to revolve around issues of America’s energy policy. Here’s a round-up of articles related to energy in Virginia and the Nation. But first, I encourage you to sign American Solutions’ petition calling on Congress to act through a policy of “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less.” Local Republican Activist is pushing hard on this issue, not just locally but nationwide.
Onto the Round-Up:
-The Wall Street Journal reveals that Pittsylvania County apparently contains one of the largest unmined deposits of uranium in the country. Yet Virginia is one of just four states to ban Uranium mining (though it does allow the operation of plants and enrichment of Uranium). Mining is apparently the safest step in the nuclear fuel cycle. Expect a great deal of debate over reversing the ban during the next General Assembly session.
-Meanwhile, in Southwestern Virginia environmentalists are fighting the building of a new coal powered plant. The new generation of coal plants has great potential to help with the energy crisis (combined with other methods), but environmentalists continue to obstruct a plan that has a great deal of potential for this economically distressed region.
-In Washington, Congressman Goodlatte is fighting with others to force the Democrats to at the very least take a vote on a viable plan for energy, something they seem to be lacking these days:
Unfortunately, the Majority in Congress has failed to bring any legislation to the floor that would increase domestic energy production, and lower energy prices. Instead they have proposed placing restrictions on the marketplace which has the opposite effect of what is needed. Last week, I was pleased to join with over 100 Members of Congress in introducing comprehensive legislation which will increase the supply of American-made energy, expand and encourage the use of renewable and alternative American fuels, fund research and development of new and innovative energy technologies, and increase energy efficiency and conservation to reduce consumption and protect our environment.
The American Energy Act modernizes the nation’s energy policy by tapping into more of our massive energy resources located in the deep seas on the outer-continental shelf (OCS). This important resource could provide an additional 3 million barrels of oil per day and 76 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Additionally, it would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, known as ANWR, to energy exploration, which could provide an additional 1 million barrels of oil per day for the next 30 years. The legislation also encourages construction of new oil refineries by reducing the bureaucratic red tape that currently exists and has prevented the construction of a new refinery since the late 1970s.
Additionally, the American Energy Act improves energy conservation and efficiency by providing tax incentives for businesses and families that purchase more fuel efficient vehicles and providing tax incentives for businesses and homeowners who improve their energy efficiency. The legislation provides a monetary prize for development of an affordable, fuel efficient vehicle which can reach 100 miles-per-gallon.
Finally, the American Energy Act promotes alternative and renewable energy technologies by permanently extending the tax credit for alternative energy production such as wind, solar and hydrogen. This important legislation also establishes a renewable energy trust fund using the revenues generated from exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf and ANWR and encourages the production of more nuclear power which provides greenhouse gas emission-free energy.
-Finally, Spank that Donkey! defends Governor Gilmore on his energy policy.
Amazingly enough the Mark Warner for Senate campaign can not admit their fact check on drilling for oil and natural gas in and/or ANWR and off shore the Continental USA has been completely been debunked!
Governor Gilmore called all of their tripe on the subject baloney, and they ridiculed him in their supposed ‘fact check’, only to have reality slap them in the face with when President Bush lifted the Presidential moratorium on drilling off shore. Since that time oil has dropped:
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