Issue Position: Energy Solutions
Hardworking families and small businesses are struggling with the recent increases in gas prices and more must be done to decrease our dependence on foreign oil. Inventing the technologies that will make America energy independent will create jobs and improve America's national security, which is why Congresswoman Gillibrand voted to fund record investments in renewable energies, such as cellulosic ethanol, solar, wind and hydro power as well as tax credits for small businesses and consumers to create and use alternative energy in their homes and businesses.
Congresswoman Gillibrand has also sponsored legislation to strip tax breaks from oil and gas companies making record profits and reinvest this money in alternative energies.
Kirsten understands that Upstate New York and the North Country contain some of the most beautiful lands in the United States and she is dedicated to preserving their pristine nature. A strong supporter of conservation, she believes Upstate New York can be the leader in developing the technologies that will replace environmentally unfriendly fossil fuels.
Finally, for the first time in over thirty years, Congresswoman Gillibrand helped pass the first increase in gas mileage standards, which will lower America's gas consumption and save consumers money. She also voted for legislation that will increase penalties for price gougers.
To provide immediate help at the pump, Congresswoman Gillibrand has called for the President to increase domestic oil supply immediately and release 15 million barrels of oil from the strategic reserve. She has also sponsored legislation to increase domestic production by forcing oil and gas companies to use existing leases on federal lands that currently are not being used.