Walden urges increased investment in clean, renewable energy in Farm Bill
Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) led a group of Northwest lawmakers in calling for increased investment in renewable energy and environmental stewardship in the latest rewrite of the Farm Bill. The bipartisan group sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture asking for a "significant commitment" to the goal of energy independence through investment in the kind of clean, renewable energy that can be developed in the Northwest.
"If we are serious about the goal of energy independence, we cannot overlook the future renewable energy resources that will play a pivotal role in getting us there," Congressman Walden said. "The Farm Bill must not turn its back on biofuel production and research projects in our region that have the potential to lessen our reliance on foreign and unfriendly sources of oil. The Northwest farmers and rural communities on the cutting edge of this important technology deserve our support."
The letter, signed by 15 members of the Northwest delegation, was sent to the committee leaders today.
"Since the passage of the last Farm Bill in 2002 there has been an increasing national consensus that policies need to be put in place that both reduce our dependence on foreign energy and increase the use of alternative, cleaner-burning fuels," the letter says. "If we are to achieve the goal of enhancing our nation¹s energy policy, there must be a significant commitment to this effort."