Come to the Debbie Holmes for Congress General Election Kickoff Party tonight at 5:30, at Davies Reid (515 Main) in Downtown Boise! There will be free food and beverages, although a donation to the campaign is recommended.
I recognize the change we need concerning our government's stance on energy issues. We need a strong research program dedicated to improving the sustainability and safety of various alternative forms of energy. Right now, between our dependence on foreign oil and climate change, we are very vulnerable, both on a national and a global scale. I believe my answer to the previous question answers this question for the most part.
Currently, with the price of oil per barrel wavering around $130, there's quite a lot of interest in making alternative forms of energy sustainable and safe. But for at least 30 years, we've known we had a problem. Every time the price of a barrel of oil goes down, we lose interest in renewable and sustainable energy programs. We do not have energy security or sustainability in the status quo, and we need to focus on changing this in the long term, regardless of short-term improvements in the carbon-based fuel market.
An aftereffect of a strong research program such as the one I propose would be an increase in the number of jobs available in this country. With unemployment up and wages, this would be a great benefit, if an incidental one.
Mike Simpson has discouraged government investment in renewable energy and has refused to cut a penny in big oil subsidies. I pledge that I will never be in the pocket of big oil and will always look at the bigger picture; we need a sustainable energy economy; sticking with the failing system of the past is not the route to a brighter future for America.