BONO MACK: AMERICANS DESERVE REAL SOLUTIONS TO MEET REAL ENERGY NEEDS
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today voted against the partisan energy bill, H.R. 6899, saying it is not the comprehensive solution that the American people are asking for and lacks meaningful bipartisan, bicameral support. Bono Mack, a consistent advocate for clean, alternative energy, including advanced nuclear power, issued the following statement:
"American families deserve a comprehensive energy strategy that will meet our needs now and into the future," said Bono Mack. "This partisan bill fails to take action on numerous American energy options, ignoring such potential energy sources as advanced nuclear power and known resources we can safely explore.
"Additionally, this legislation irresponsibly plays politics with the critical issue of offshore drilling. Such a sensitive, complex issue demands collaboration and bipartisan negotiation, ensuring that States get fair treatment and a portion of the revenue should they opt-in.
"The high cost of energy is affecting household budgets, our small businesses and our economy. We need a multi-faceted plan that will realistically address our nation's energy problems, expanding not only existing technologies but also looking to the future through investment in clean alternatives and pushing beyond our current boundaries."
Bono Mack is a strong proponent for renewable energy tax credits and urges that the House of Representatives pass this important provision as a stand alone measure, as the Senate already did in April of this year (S. Amdt. 4387).
Included among the energy solutions Bono Mack supports are extending renewable tax incentives; implementing renewable portfolio standards (RPS); expanding environmentally-sensitive exploration in Alaska's Arctic coastal plain; increasing advanced nuclear power; developing woody biomass; enhancing oil shale development; reducing red tape to increase American refining capacity; and improving energy efficiency standards.