Sustainable and Affordable Energy

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Our country must shed its dependence on foreign oil. The relentless rise of gas prices over the past several years demonstrates this fact more clearly than ever. We must work hard to develop comprehensive and sustainable energy solutions. These solutions should lower the cost and environmental impact of energy while creating an immense number of jobs in new technology industries.

Simply increasing oil production in the United States will not come close to resolving our country's energy crisis. Even those who support drilling oil from ANWR know that all the oil in ANWR can only support 5% of the U.S. daily oil consumption for 12 years before completely running out. This would be a poorly conceived, short-term solution that would not help us become energy-independent.

The economic and sustainability arguments for new energy policies are strong by themselves, but drilling in ANWR would also cause severe environmental damage. Does it make sense for us to permanently destroy vast stretches of Alaskan wilderness for a policy that would not help remedy our dependence on foreign oil?

Renewable energy is quickly becoming reality. In its 2007 Global Status Report, the international Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21 st Century showed that worldwide renewable energy use doubled from 2004 to 2007. In March 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy projected that we can channel 76% of our country's new energy demands into renewable programs between now and 2050. Many of these programs involve wind and solar power, two of the world's fastest-growing renewable energy technologies. We need to embrace these trends so domestic companies can develop clean and sustainable systems and then profit by them in world markets. The opportunities for improving our economic, environmental, and military security- by building clean domestic industries instead of funding foreign oil companies- are enormous.

Doug Heckman is candidate for U.S. Congress. I am asking for your vote to send me to the United States Congress. To find out more why you should vote for me, please visit www.dougheckman.com.

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