Energy Independence Beginning Now
Every time you and I pull up to the gas pump, we feel the squeeze of higher energy prices. Farmers who provide our food, small business owners who serve us, moms who drive their kids to school and sports--we're all feeling the squeeze.
Achieving energy independence and price stability for our country isn't just some lofty goal. It's a matter of economic survival.
America cannot continue to rely on foreign oil. Band-aid solutions that focus solely on expanded drilling offshore and in nature preserves seem incredibly short-sighted--the cost is far too much for far too little benefit. It's time to focus on developing renewable resources right here in Eastern Washington and to reward innovations that enhance energy efficiency.
I believe America's energy policy needs bold new leadership that includes:
* Incentives for growing and processing alternative fuels like biodiesel and other fuels derived from biomass. Let's start growing our fuel and processing it right here.
* Expansion of decentralized energy sources, like solar panels and wind turbines, so rural areas can be more self-reliant. I support initiatives like I-937 that promote use of renewable energy resources.
* Increased mileage requirements for new cars and trucks. Many of us would buy more fuel efficient vehicles if only the car companies would make them. Why not save fuel--and money--and use our resources more efficiently?