Former Alderwoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) often claims that she supports an all-inclusive energy policy, including offshore oil drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline. Of course, talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words.
Bustos touts the endorsement of radical environmental groups like the Sierra Club, whose website calls all oil money "dirty money" and opposes domestic oil production and the Keystone XL pipeline.
According to their website, the Sierra Club will only endorse candidates who promise to:
"Fight the expansion of tar sands, oil shale, deep-water drilling, and other high-carbon, high risk fuels. We will protect our coasts, our air, and our water.
"Oppose dangerous pipelines, refinery expansions, and other unnecessary oil infrastructure and ensure that existing oil infrastructure operates only with adequate safeguards and protection for workers, the public, and the environment.
"Demand federal and state policies that protect our air and water, deter high-carbon fuels, and build the green energy economy."
Jon Schweppe, communications director for Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that Bustos needs to come clean about her position with voters.
"Here we go again--Alderwoman Bustos is trying to have it both ways," Schweppe said. "Does she stand with the workers and entreprenurs who are trying to liberate America from foreign oil? Or does she stand with far-left radicals who oppose all American oil production?"
Schweppe said Bustos likes to take two sides on every issue.
"Alderwoman Bustos is fond of telling voters one thing, and then going off to Chicago and telling radical environmental groups something completely different," Schweppe said. "When you try to play both sides, you end up standing for nothing--voters in this district need a representative who will stand on principle and stand up for them."
U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) said his position on energy production has been consistent from the start.
"The voters know where I stand on American energy," Schilling said. "We can't afford to take anything off the table. We need an all-of-the-above energy policy that increases American oil supply, modernizes our energy infrastructure, and puts us on a path towards renewable energy."