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The Energy Future of America

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. GARAMENDI. Mr. Speaker, today is a day of reflection and sadness, and also determination and resolve. The tragic killing of our Ambassador in Libya and his staff should remind us all of the dangers that exist around the world. So we offer our prayers to the families and to the survivors.

We also need to think about the future in America and about the necessity for developing alternative energy systems. The production tax credit for wind is absolutely essential. I represent two major wind farms, one in Solano and the other in Alameda County. Thousands of jobs across this Nation will be lost unless we extend the wind tax credit. Keep in mind that for a century we have subsidized the oil and gas industry. It's time for us to provide the support necessary to create this industry.

We also ought to be making it in America. One of my bills, H.R. 6217, would require that 85 percent of the content of these turbines and solar systems be made in America.

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