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Congressman John Kline's Energy Solutions

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Clean and reliable energy
Congressman John Kline is promoting new, clean, and reliable sources of energy like advanced nuclear and next generation coal, while promoting clean power from renewable energy such as wind and hydroelectric power. Nuclear energy has proven itself as a safe, carbon-free and environmentally friendly alternative, with France relying on it for nearly 80 percent of its electricity needs, compared to just 19 percent in America.

Encourage efficiency
Congressman Kline is encouraging greater efficiency by offering conservation tax incentives to Americans who make their home, car, and business more energy efficient.

Increase production
Congressman Kline wants to increase the production of American-made energy in an environmentally responsible way. This includes the exploration of next generation oil, natural gas, and coal, and the production of advanced alternative fuels like cellulosic and clean coal-to-liquids - all while protecting our natural resources for future generations.

Increase supply
Congressman Kline is committed to cutting red tape and increasing the supply of American-made fuel and energy. Limiting the construction of new oil refineries and bureaucratic regulations mandating the use of exotic fuels have decreased supply and increased gas prices.

Congressman Kline continues to co-sponsor legislation that promotes new, clean and reliable sources of energy, and encourages conservation:

H.R. 197, to Extend Renewable Energy Tax Credits: This legislation extends production tax credits for electricity produced from renewable energy facilities such as wind, closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, small irrigation power, landfill gas, and trash combustion.

H.R. 550, the "Securing America's Energy Independence Act": This bill encourages conservation by extending the energy tax credit for solar energy property and qualified fuel cell property, such as hybrid vehicles; and extending the tax credit for residential energy efficient property expenditures.

H.R. 2493, the "Boutique Fuels Reduction Act of 2007": This legislation reduces the existing number of boutique (regional) fuels. It also provides the Environmental Protection Agency with a waiver authority to further reduce the number of boutique fuels if there are unexpected problems with distribution or delivery of fuel or fuel additives.

H.R. 2784, the "National Environment and Energy Development Act": This bill advances renewable fuels research and environmental cleanup, as well as promotes American natural gas production on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The funds are attained by redirecting billions of dollars from royalties.

H.R. 2927, to Establish Separate Fuel Efficiency Standards: This bill encourages conservation by establishing separate fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks to meet by 2022. The bill also rewards energy efficiency by extending the flexible fuel vehicle credits, and permitting vehicles that operate on bio-diesel (B-20 or greater) to qualify for the credit.

H.R. 5995, the "Gas Tax Relief and Earmark Moratorium Act": This legislation reduces the price of gasoline by suspending the highway fuels taxes and prohibiting earmarking for the remainder of the 110th Congress.

H.R. 6001, the "Main Street Energy and Security Act": This legislation would lead to greater domestic production of alternative energy. It focuses on further developing and expanding of the nation's nuclear program, expanding cellulosic ethanol technologies, and increasing the use of clean coal. This bill also provides for conservation incentives and supports renewable energy sources.

Congressman Kline and House colleagues are introducing discharge petitions on the following bills each week the House is in session this summer:

H.R. 3089, No More Excuses Energy Act of 2007: Reduces the price of gasoline by opening new American oil refineries; investing in diverse energy sources such as wind, nuclear, and clean coal-to-liquid technology; and making available more homegrown energy through environmentally responsible exploration of the Arctic Energy Slope and America's Deep-Sea Energy Reserves.

H.R. 2279, Expand American Refining Capacity at Closed Military Bases: Reduces the price of gasoline by streamlining the refinery application process and by requiring the President to open at least three closed military bases for new and reliable American refineries.

H.R. 5656, To Repeal the Ban on Acquiring Alternative Fuels: Reduces the price of gasoline by allowing the federal government to procure advanced alternative fuels derived from diverse sources like oil shale, tar sands and coal-to-liquid technology.

H.R. 2208, Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Act: Reduces the price of gasoline by encouraging the use of clean coal-to-liquid technology authorizing the Secretary of Energy to enter into loan agreements with coal-to-liquid projects that produce innovative transportation fuel.

H.R. 2493, Fuel Mandate Reduction Act of 2007: Reduces the price of gasoline by removing fuel blend requirements and onerous government mandates if they contribute to unaffordable gas prices.

H.R. 6107, American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act: Reduces the price of gasoline by opening the Arctic Energy Slope to environmentally responsible American energy exploration. Exploration would be limited to 0.01% of the Refuge, and revenue received from the new leases would be invested in a long-term alternative energy trust fund.

H.R. 6108, Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2008: Reduces the price of gasoline by enabling the United States to responsibly explore its own deep ocean to produce American energy. The bill would grant coastal states the authority to keep exploration 100 miles from their coastlines and it would also allow states to share in the revenues received.


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