Developing a national "Made-in-America" energy policy
I believe that the people of Maine spend too much of their hard-earned income on energy costs. Energy conservation, energy efficiency, and domestic energy production will lead to a realistic American energy policy -- for too long the US has not had a comprehensive energy policy. A "Made-in-America" policy will create jobs and keep our energy dollars from going to places like the Middle East. For a realistic American energy policy, there is no silver bullet -- we must look to a variety of resources and, in the near term, our "Made-in-America" approach will be a combination of increased efficiency, smarter use of fuels, and increased domestic production of oil, gas, and renewables. We must develop a comprehensive, forward-thinking policy that focuses on low-cost energy, that is made in America, keeps our dollars in America, and minimizes long-term adverse environmental consequences.