Congressman John Kline continued supporting an "all of the above" approach to helping Americans become energy independent by co-sponsoring legislation (H.R. 5656) that repeals the ban on acquiring alternative fuels. This legislation would reduce 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.
A section of recently enacted energy legislation (Public Law 110-140, Section 526) will make it more difficult and expensive for the U.S. military to obtain fuel. By prohibiting the development of some of our nation's most promising resources - coal-to-liquids, oil shale, and tar sands - the bill will increase America's dependence on foreign oil. This provision threatens our national security, our energy security, and the strength of our economy, which is why Congressman Kline supports repealing this ban.
"I visited with hundreds of Minnesotans over the Fourth of July week and they continue to tell me how they are struggling with the high cost of food, and the high cost of gasoline," said Congressman Kline. "This legislation promotes the use of American alternative fuels and would be another step toward reducing our dependence on foreign oil."
Congressman 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 heard from constituents and learned how the rising cost of gasoline is affecting their daily lives. His comprehensive energy tour also included stops at Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount, the Hastings Hydropower Plant at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Mississippi River, the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Welch, a Red Wing "energy from waste" facility, and the Carleton College Wind Turbine in Northfield. To read more about the energy tour and view photos, please visit http://kline.house.gov.
In order to increase domestic production in all forms, Congressman Kline continues to support legislation that:
Embraces renewable energies like wind, solar and biomass
Emphasizes the need to develop new energy sources like cellulosic ethanol, regular ethanol and biodiesel
Advances clean and affordable nuclear power
Allows domestic oil exploration and production in environmentally responsible ways
Builds new oil refineries
Employs clean-coal technology
In his third term in Congress, Congressman Kline is a member of the House Ethics Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and the Armed Services Committee.