Guest Matt Hartwig Posted April 11, 2005 Report Share Posted April 11, 2005 With the skyrocketing price of gasoline, natural gas, and other fossil fuels, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to put a greater focus on clean, renewable energy in their version of an energy bill. Gas prices in Iowa, for instance, average $2.18 per gallon, according to the Automobile Association of America (AAA). That is up more than a quarter from this time last month. And high oil and natural gas prices are putting the economic pinch on farmers who rely on products made from these finite resources. “From the fields to the freeway, Iowans are feeling the pinch caused by soaring energy costs, particularly gasoline,” Harkin said. “I strongly urge the House Energy and Commerce Committee to adopt an aggressive renewable energy package in the energy legislation before them today. And they should begin with an ambitious Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) that puts the focus on domestic renewable resources and away from foreign sources of oil.” Last month, Harkin led a bipartisan effort in the Senate to introduce a RFS that would raise the amount of renewable fuels used in this country to at least eight billion gallons annually by 2012. This RFS is three billion gallons a year higher than last year’s bill and more than two billion gallons a year higher than legislation passed by the Senate Energy and Public Works Committee earlier this year. “By turning our focus to home grown, renewable sources of energy, we reduce the cost for energy consumers and provide a spark to rural economies,” Harkin said. “Specifically, an ambitious RFS like the one we proposed in the Senate would lower the cost of gasoline for drivers, raise the price of commodities grown in our fields, and wean the U.S. off of our dependence on expensive foreign oil.” Harkin continued, “We have to get serious about changing the way we think about energy production. There is only so much oil and other fossil fuels on the planet. We must start turning to cleaner, renewable sources of energy, like ethanol and wind power, and we must do it now.” Harkin has been a leader in the push toward a renewable energy future. In addition to sponsoring ambitious RFS legislation, Harkin has also worked to increase the production of electricity through wind power and develop a hydrogen economy. He has also been active in establishing markets for biobased products, such as plastics and lubricants, that can replace traditional petroleum-based products and lessen our need for oil and other fossil fuels. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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