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  • 'We Don't Have to Wait till November'

    Republican National Convention

    ST. PAUL – Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) kicked off a House Republican Conference presser today explaining, “Energy is an issue we don’t have to wait till November to address.” For the next five minutes one might have thought they were at a Speaker Nancy Pelosi press conference as Putnam reeled of all of the commitments the GOP is proposing in their ‘All of the Above‘ energy plan including: tax incentives for businesses and families that purchase fuel efficient vehicles, permanently extending the tax credit for wind and solar power, and establishing a renewable energy trust fund.

    But when it came to to explain how they planned to fund their new renewable energy trust fund, that’s when it began to sound like a Republican press conference again. The ‘All of the Above’ energy plan pays for new investments in renewable energy with proceeds from the sale of leases to oil and gas producers in now banned areas in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) insisted on an up and down vote on the bill and was skeptical that Pelosi would offer any compromise that truly made an effort to develop our natural resources. The ‘Gang of 10′ energy plan currently floating on the hill allows only 14% of the currently banned oil resources to be developed.

    Ranking Energy Committee Joe Barton (R-TX) noted that some experts estimate that U.S. energy use is expected to grow 30-40% by 2030. “We simply are not prepared for this,” Barton said, “and we will not meet these needs without developing our own energy resources.

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    2 Responses to 'We Don't Have to Wait till November'

    1. patty harman/the woo says:

      Gov. Sarah Palin is certainly an excellent choice.

      She is a Lady that most of America can relate to. Americans, no matter what race, will benefit with

      Governor Palin in the White House.

      McCain/Palin for 2008 What a ticket!

      Thanks Mr. Hannity for all you do,

      Patty Harman

    2. William Lulias; St. says:

      Living in the Sunshine State it seems logical that one would seek solar electricity as an alternative. Many did in our great state and the Florida rebate for homeowners seeking solar energy has been depleted. Tax credits for Hybrid cars have seemingly been depleted. These two alternatives can be cost prohibitive for the average citizen. The technology is there but costly. The "All the Above Energy Plan" is a start but compromising the plan is a false start. The Plan must address how those who cannot afford alternative energy modes as we now know them, will, and how those who can will want to. The bigger picture is how businesses, large and small will look for alternative energy as a business decision. The Plan should be called the Energize Plan in hopes to energize the American Frontier spirit toward a new look at energy. Unfortunately the biggest obstacle is congress and the party who has control.

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