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Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY CONSERVATION TAX ACT OF 2007 -- (House of Representatives - August 04, 2007)


Ms. BERKLEY. I thank the gentleman for yielding.


Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of energy independence, national security and weaning ourselves off of Middle Eastern oil.

It is sheer madness that--6 years after Ð9/11--we still rely on unstable and dictatorial regimes like Saudi Arabia to feed our oil habit. They have shown time and time again that they care nothing for international peace, peace in the Middle East or helping us find a solution for the debacle in Iraq: We know they use our oil dollars to fund terrorist organizations like Hamas, and Sunni insurgents in Iraq. And yet we still send them billions of dollars a year in oil revenues, because we are so dependent on their oil to fuel our energy needs.

We are funding both sides of the war on terror. No country on Earth has ever successfully fought a war against itself. This bill is a step in the right direction by funding alternative, clean energies that will set America on the path to energy independence.

With Mr. RANGEL's leadership, my colleagues and I on the Ways and Means Committee have expanded and extended the tax credits for plug-in hybrid vehicles, cellulosic alcohol, ethanol and biodiesel.

This package also promotes alternative fuels by providing assistance for the installation and conversion of E-85 fuel pumps and the production of flex-fuel vehicles that run on renewable fuel. Another provision encourages the domestic development and production of advanced technology vehicles and the next generation of vehicle batteries and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Our addiction to oil has gone on long enough. It is time we declare independence by harnessing the Sun, wind, geothermal, biomass and other clean renewable technology, so that future generations of Americans won't have to rely on our enemies to satisfy our energy needs.


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