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U.S. Congressman Bill Posey

Achieving Energy Independence

 America needs a comprehensive “all of the above” approach to energy security to meet our nation’s long-term and a short-term plans for achieving energy independence. The way forward is to simultaneously develop our nation’s oil and natural gas resources along with renewable clean energy, nuclear power and important conservation initiatives. As a matter of national security, we must reduce our dependency on Middle East oil. Our economy needs inexpensive fuel in order to grow, add jobs and raise the capital to develop the new technologies that will power America in the future.

The good news is that recent advances in oil and natural gas development have significantly reduced our dependence on Middle East oil. However, most of this has happened on private and state lands as the Administration has hindered development on federal lands.

I am a strong supporter of developing our nation’s own energy resources and this is critical if we are to recapture manufacturing that has left America’s shores for other countries. It is also critically important as we have so many Floridians living on fixed incomes. To arbitrarily raise energy costs by imposing a national energy or carbon emission taxes – through direct taxes or indirectly through expensive regulations – will threaten American jobs, harm economic recovery, and take more money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans and those on fixed incomes.

Renewable energy is an important part of the energy independence agenda. While we should strive to meet a larger portion of our energy needs with renewable resources, we must recognize that scaling up such projects is expensive and takes many years. It is an important priority that we should advance. I am a supporter of cost-effective solar, wind, biofuels, tidal and advanced battery technologies. Energy efficiency and conservation are an important part of our energy independence equation.

 

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Articles - OP-ED: Bill Posey, pro-con: Let's call cap and trade what it really is, a massive energy tax on every U.S. citizen 6.25.2009

Articles - OP-ED: As I See It: Washington is finding itself very much out of touch - by Congressman Bill Posey 6.23.2009

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