Graham's Support of Energy Independence Highlighted in New Advertisement

Press Release

By:  Lindsey Graham
Date: Oct. 30, 2008
Location: Columbia, SC


Graham's Support of Energy Independence Highlighted in New Advertisement

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham's re-election campaign today released a new video highlighting Graham's work to promote energy independence.

The advertisement features Dr. Shannon Baxter-Clemmons of the South Carolina Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance. The video can be viewed below.

"Hydrogen and fuel cells are a way for us to produce our own energy domestically so that we're not beholden to other countries," says Dr. Baxter-Clemmons. "Resources that we have here in South Carolina have the ability to create great jobs, but it's also got the ability to provide energy security for our nation. Senator Graham's leadership in Washington is bringing recognition to the work we're doing here in South Carolina."

South Carolina is a national leader in hydrogen research. The University of South Carolina is developing hydrogen fuel cells, Clemson is working on hydrogen vehicles, Aiken County has established a Hydrogen Research Center, and the Savannah River Site is a leading research facility in hydrogen storage and technology.

In the U.S. Senate, Graham has compiled a long and distinguished record in support of energy independence and the use of alternative fuels. These include:

* Serving as the co-chair of the Senate Hydrogen Caucus, along with Senator Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota).
* Introducing legislation in the U.S. Senate creating the H-Prize. The H-Prize is meant to help overcome the technical challenges related to using hydrogen as a widely available and abundant fuel source by offering cash incentives. The H-Prize is modeled on the Ansari X Prize that spurred the first privately funded suborbital human space flight.
* Introduced legislation to provide tax incentives for the installation of hydrogen related infrastructure and help begin building the hydrogen economy.

"What Detroit was to the automotive industry, South Carolina can be to hydrogen," said Graham. "As a nation we need to become less dependent on foreign oil. To help us achieve that goal, we need to expand domestic drilling while building the next generation of hybrid automobiles that aren't solely dependent on gasoline as a fuel source. The time has come for our nation to declare our independence from foreign oil - once and for all."