Issue Position: Sustainable Energy Independence
It is vital that we find ways to increase our domestic energy production and efficiency, including expanding coal production for 'coal to liquids', developing renewables and nuclear power, and extending our power grid and energy storage capacity. Instead of our current haphazard approach to energy policy, I believe we must create a 50 year comprehensive energy road map that targets an end to our dependence on foreign oil within 10 years.
Increasing domestic energy production means additional stress on our environment unless we plan ahead and diligently focus on stewardship. We must implement a cap and trade' program for CO2 emissions, ensure minimal impact resource development, support carbon capture and sequestration programs, and encourage development and use of energy efficient technologies to reduce the environmental impacts that occur as a result of our growing energy needs.