Congressman John Kline embarked on a daylong energy resources tour Monday in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District to receive updates from energy officials about the variety of new, clean, and reliable sources of energy being produced in Minnesota. Congressman Kline started the tour by visiting a transit station where he could hear from constituents and learn how the rising cost of gasoline is affecting their lives.
"The Second District is rich in alternative and traditional energy sources and this tour illustrates the multiple options available right here in Minnesota," Congressman Kline said. "As Minnesotans pump their paychecks into their gas tanks, we need to explore long-term energy solutions that simultaneously expand domestic energy production in all forms while encouraging increased conservation."
Congressman Kline's energy tour included stops at:
Apple Valley Transit Station, where he listened to constituents and heard how the rising cost of gasoline is affecting their daily lives.
Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount, where he received updates on the facility's expansion that will lead to increased production of gasoline, aviation fuel and diesel.
Hastings Hydropower Plant (at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Mississippi River), where he toured the hydroelectric facility that can provide power to about 80 percent of the city of Hastings.
Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Welch, where he toured the complex, received updates on plant security, and discussed the progress of Yucca Mountain.
Red Wing Solid Waste Boiler Facility, where he learned how the city of Red Wing burns waste and transfers the steam to be used by a nearby leather industry.
Carleton College Wind Turbine in Northfield, where he toured the 1.65 megawatt wind turbine, the first utility-grade wind turbine in the country to be owned by a college.
Congressman Kline has been calling on Congress to take action to increase production of American energy and help families struggling with the rising cost of living. In continuing efforts to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, he recently co-sponsored the "Expand American Refining Capacity on Closed Military Installations Act," "No More Energy Excuses Act," "Main Street U.S.A Energy Security Act," and the "Green Jobs Improvement Act." For more information on those bills and other legislation Congressman Kline is co-sponsoring to implement energy reforms, please visit http://kline.house.gov .
In his third term in Congress, Congressman Kline is a member of the House Ethics Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and Armed Services Committee.
To view photos from Congressman Kline's energy tour, click here.