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Issue Position: Energy

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As an energy scientist who spent nearly a decade working at one of the nation's premiere alternative energy research labs, I've worked in Congress to help craft a strategy that will provide real energy security for central New Jersey residents and the United States. I believe strongly that Congress should focus on the development of sustainable, renewable energy sources that reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. By doing so, we can fulfill the energy needs of a growing economy without compromising our national security interests or devastating our environment. We can also make better use of our existing technology to cut commuting times, which would help all of us at the pump and help the environment as well. For example, imagine driving to work and having real-time information tell you the best route to save 10 minutes off your commute. Or imagine accessing information on your cell phone that tells you not only when the bus is scheduled to arrive, but also where the bus actually is at any given moment. The potential fuel savings from intelligent transportation systems and the various ways these systems could help consumers plan their travel and avoid delays is unknown, which is why in 2005 I introduced the Fuel Savings, Smarter Travel, Efficient Roadways (FASTER) Act (H.R. 3986). The bill would require the Secretaries of Energy and Transportation to report on the potential benefits associated with using intelligent transportation systems so that local governments and commuters will have the best information available to help shorten the amount of time all of us spend on the road. Below you'll find more information on my work on energy issues generally, along with links to other resources on the subject.


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