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Kerry intros great energy plan

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this weekend Senator John Kerry introduced a “cleaner, safer energy policy that strengthens our security, our economy, and our environment. Kerry’s plan would increase America’s national security by ending our dependence on foreign oil within 10 years, boost our economy through the creation of 500,000 jobs, and protect our environment through the investment of cleaner forms of energy.” (all quotes from Kerry’s site.) Go to Kerry’s site.

The plan’s highlights include:

  • Reducing dependence on foreign oil through new Energy Security Trust Fund. The Fund would use oil and gas royalty revenues to invest in technologies that reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
  • Increasing the use of renewable fuels to produce 20% of our electricity by 2020 and creating 500,000 new jobs.
  • Expanding the supply of natural gas.
  • Making coal part of our 21st Century energy solution.
  • *Redirecting unwarranted subsidies to invest in the energy technology of the future.

"Kerry said, "Today we have an energy policy of big oil, by big oil, and for big oil. It may work for their profits, but it will never work for America. George Bush persists in pursuing a course that can only be described as energy dependence."

"There is a better way. With common-sense investments in advancing and speeding breakthroughs, we can literally, on a large scale, for the first time in human history, harness the natural world around us to light and power the world we live in....We can do all this while creating jobs, not losing them."

The Los Angeles Times notes that Kerry's bold energy proposal moves to "…stake his claim as a leading environmentalist among the Democratic presidential candidates…"

Posted by Isebrand at June 16, 2003 10:01 AM