Congressman John Kline continued to support legislation that encourages America to become more energy independent by co-sponsoring the "Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Act." The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Democrat Rick Boucher (Virginia) and Republican John Shimkus (Illinois), would reduce the price of gasoline by encouraging the use of clean coal-to-liquid technology to produce alternative transportation fuels.
"This bill represents another piece of the energy puzzle to an across the board approach of increasing domestic production on all fronts," said Congressman Kline. "This bipartisan legislation recognizes the tremendous potential of clean coal and maintains a commitment to utilizing clean energy in an environmentally-safe way."
More than 25 percent of the world's coal reserves reside in the United States. Using our nation's most abundant natural resource - coal - is a clear way to advance energy self sufficiency and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Coal liquefaction has been in use since World War II, and South Africa today uses the technology to produce approximately 40 percent of its transportation fuels. While the technology has been used in other parts of the world, it has not been deployed in the United States.
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 click here.
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
- Advances clean and affordable nuclear power
- Allows domestic oil exploration and production in environmentally responsible ways
- Builds new oil refineries
- Employs clean-coal technology
- Encourages conservation
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.