A smart energy policy is also a smart jobs policy. Jay will lead the fight to make our country energy independent and bring energy-related jobs to Utah. He strongly supports an all-of-the-above approach that includes everything from new drilling and natural gas development to wind, solar, and geothermal energy. Utah needs to lead the way on renewable energy while responsibly developing our rich natural resources.
High Gas Prices
Drastic fluctuations in the prices of gasoline only highlight that Americans can no longer rely on oil alone to fuel our country. We need alternatives to oil, and we need them as soon as possible. Jay supports investment in new technologies like plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and advances batteries that will help vehicles go further on less fuel. He also supports expanding the availability of compressed natural gas as an option to gasoline for automobiles.
Emissions of man-made greenhouse gases have contributed to changes in global climate patterns, and countries around the globe must work to address this serious problem. Much of the currently proposed legislation would change the way we create, transmit, and consume energy for years to come. Like many Utahns, Jay is deeply concerned that climate legislation may have unintended consequences for working families in Utah who are already struggling. Utah relies heavily upon coal power, and any climate legislation must protect consumers from unfair rate increases and prevent our manufacturing base from being outsourced to other nations that are unwilling to reduce their own carbon emissions. Jay is committed to working toward a compromise that protects consumers, farmers, small business, and manufacturers. He will fight to make sure that Utahns don't get the short end of the stick while moving forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.