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Issue Position: Encouraging Energy Independence

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American must end its dependence on oil from hostile nations, and Ben Ray Luján is fighting to make America more energy independent, create new jobs and lower energy costs. Ben Ray Luján is a leader on energy issues in Congress. He chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' Green Economy and Renewable Energy Task Force, where he focuses on the role of the Hispanic community in the advancement of clean energy policy. Ben Ray Luján worked with his colleagues to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, including language to fund clean energy job training and support for Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Ben Ray Luján has taken the lead on several pieces of legislation that will increase clean energy use, including the SOLAR Act, which he co-authored and the Community College Energy Training Act of 2009, which he authored.

Ben Ray also supported more natural gas use with the Natural Gas Vehicles Research and Development Act which will provide for a program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles and the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2009 (NAT GAS Act).

Ben Ray Luján is going to keep fighting to make America more energy independent and to create new energy jobs.


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