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Issue Position: Energy

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Congressman Blumenauer is proud to represent Oregon: a state that is recognized for its cutting-edge approaches to developing renewable energy industries such as wind, wave, solar, and geothermal, adopting energy conservation and green building techniques, building a sustainable transportation network, and encouraging smart growth policies.

Blumenauer strongly believes that our country needs a national energy policy that reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and creates clean energy jobs. Fighting climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our generation, is one of his top priorities.

The impacts of a changing climate are far-reaching; a threat not only to our natural ecosystems but to national security as well. In the Pacific Northwest, climate change will have the most significant impacts on our water cycle, which could mean major changes for agriculture, land use, growth and development, recreation, fisheries, and energy generation.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Congressman Blumenauer is committed to increasing the supply of clean and renewable energy to Oregon consumers and utility customers around the country.

Reducing Carbon Pollution: Congressman Blumenauer believes we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, which is the level that scientists say is necessary to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

The Federal Government Leading By Example: Congressman Blumenauer believes that the Federal government should lead by example and model the behavior it expects from business and consumers on energy and climate issues.

Updated July 29, 2011

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