Issue Position: Energy and Water
For far too long, America has been in need of a national energy policy that guards against steep price fluctuations and lessens our dependency on foreign oil. Florida, with an ever expanding population, ranks 3rd in the nation in total energy consumption. We must work to address the energy challenges facing our region and nation through the development of new energy technologies from renewable energy resources, expansion of the energy capabilities in this country, and advancements to meet the growing need for clean and affordable energy.
High energy prices have affected all Americans ability to maintain their daily functions, and business' capability to operate. Americans are now living with the reality of high gas prices and are looking for Congress to take action. While Congress does not set or regulate prices, we must be committed to increasing production of conventional and clean alternative fuels and lessen our dependence on foreign fuel, to meet our nation's growing challenges.
* University of Florida: $1 million for the Florida Renewable Energy Program to promote the development of new energy technologies, bioenergy fuel sources and improvements in efficiencies of existing energy sources.