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We Use Too Much Middle East Oil

Location: Washington, DC


House of Representatives
March 29, 2006

Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, in 2003, the U.S. public spent $103 billion buying oil from nondemocratic countries such as Venezuela, Syria and Iran.

In fact, it is so bad that you could say that we are doubly funding the war on terrorism against us. We need to get off Middle East oil.

Congressman Eliot Engel and I have introduced H.R. 4409, which sets that goal of getting us off Middle East oil by the year 2025. We do it through existing technology. We accelerate the use of hybrids by doubling the tax credit for purchasing a hybrid.

We give automobile manufacturers a tax credit for making more lightweight vehicles that are more fuel efficient. We give truckers a tax credit for buying alternative power units so at night they do not have to burn diesel fuel while they are sitting in truck stops.

We adopt the Gil Gutknecht E-Line 10 by 10 language on ethanol.

This is a very good bill. I invite all of my colleagues to take a look at H.R. 4409 and consider being a cosponsor for national security.

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