Kingston goes green.

Kingston and dozens of other GOP lawmakers are pushing legislation that would significantly increase federal investments in alternative fuels like ethanol and hydrogen not just to save the environment but — even more importantly, they say — to ensure economic and national security as well.

“Everybody has a stake in environmental policy and energy policy and the current gas crisis gives us, as Republicans, a great opportunity to address those issues along with national security,” said Kingston, who introduced a bill he said would eliminate American reliance on Middle East oil by 2015.

“I think Republicans almost have to do this right now in order to be viable in November and viable as a party in the future,” he said.

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18 comments

  1. debbie0040 says:

    Why isn’t someone re-visiting drilling in Alaska? Bush wanted to when he first took office but it was voted down. It would have helped relieve gas prices if it had passed.

  2. Demonbeck says:

    They continue to revisit the issue, but they cannot get it through the Senate. While they are at it, they should also revisit drilling for oil off of the Florida coast and incentives for building refineries.

    We should be looking into nuclear power as well.

  3. debbie0040 says:

    Some of our GOP Senators voted against it last time. I agree Demonbeck.

    I can not understand why the Whitehouse is not reminding Americans of the ANWR vote and how the Dems filibustered it when W first tried to get drilling passed. They are blaming W for it. The Whitehouse is sometimes slow to react to criticism.

    I have heard it has been over a decade since a new refinery has been built. I believe they also need to ease environmental restrictions just a tad on new refineries.

  4. Fuzzyslippers says:

    What the hell is ANWR going to help? Honestly, it’s a drop in the bucket.

    Incentives to oil companies? ROFFLES. Yes, let’s give them more taxpayer money….because they need it. They have no money to build refineries. Poor them.

    You know, Republicans are supposed to have National Security as a strength of thier platform. How secure of a country are we if we don’t have the energy to power our country?

  5. Demonbeck says:

    Fuzzy,

    You are all over the place. ANWR will enable us to replace all of the oil we purchase from Iraq for the next 20 years – giving us more of a leg up on price negotiations with our oil providers.

    Energy companies do get a lot of taxpayer money. I didn’t say I support all of it, perhaps we should repeal any incentives until they start building refineries.

  6. Demonbeck says:

    How about burning kudzu? It grows so fast that one vine could continue burning in perpetuity.

  7. buzzbrockway says:

    Fuzzyslippers,

    We DO have the energy to power our country. Unlike the gas crises of the ’70s, we don’t have gas lines or gas outages on a wide scale.

  8. John Konop says:

    The real issue is we keep giving money to monopolies to solve the energy problem. We need to shift the tax breaks from big oil companies to entrepreneurs via SBA style loan guarantees to companies with a vested interest in competing with oil companies.The Energy bill did the absolute opposite. Read what Adam Smith said about monopolies .

    Monopoly:-
    § “A monopoly granted either to an individual or to a trading company has the same effect as a secret in trade or manufactures. The monopolists, by keeping the market constantly understocked, by never fully supplying the effectual demand, sell their commodities much above the natural price, and raise their emoluments, whether they consist in wages or profit, greatly above their natural rate.” (vol. I, bk. I, ch. 7.)
    § “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice.” (vol. I, bk. I, ch. 10.)

  9. Fuzzyslippers says:

    You guys are full of it. If I could harness the BS on this board we could fuel the country for longer than the oil in ANWR would.

    Price negotiations my but. How long would it take ANWR to come online? How much would be extracted at that point? Does it really even matter? I mean it’s not the amount of oil right? Opec announced yesterday that they are not raising the production ceiling because…there’s no buyers.

    “”There are no buyers, even for light crude,” Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi told reporters after the 11-member oil exporters group held an informal meeting in Doha yesterday. Crude oil supply is sufficient right now, and high prices are mainly the result of political tensions and insufficient oil-refining capacity, OPEC ministers said.”

    Political tensions? Who’s causing those?

    A person needs a magic eight ball to find out what the daily confilct is that is causing the price of oil to go up.

    Meanwhile we’re giving tax breaks for Hummers.
    http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?article=6055&sid=175&n=156

    Balkie/America, what a country!/Balkie

  10. John Konop says:

    Adam Smith

    Politicians:-
    § “It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers [read politicians] to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.” (vol. I, bk. II, ch. 3.)

  11. Maurice Atkinson says:

    The internal combustion engine is 100+ year old technology. The flow of knowledge has quadrupled in the past 20 years. Whoever develops and produces new technology in transportation will win big.

  12. Skeptical says:

    There’s absolutely no need to drill in ANWR. I thought Bush was going to get on the phone and jawbone the Saudis to get oil prices down. I believe his exact words were “What I think the president ought to do is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your spigots! …And the president of the United States must jawbone OPEC members to lower the price.” Candidate Bush is a lot different than “President Bush” and I find it odd that these Republican lawmakers, like Kingston, are jumping on board now when they fully supported the president and vice president when Cheney and his oil and big energy buddies were writing this country’s energy policy in secret during the first term. Is it because they are finally starting to take some heat from the people back home who’ve had enough? Who have to work two jobs and still can’t make ends meet? Who work hard, all day every day, yet can’t make the rent or mortgage payments anymore? American’s aren’t lazy and we aren’t stupid. We are being screwed by the oil industry, of which this Administration rests squarely in it’s back pocket.

    The technology for alternative fuel choices is out there already. It would be cheaper to harness these alternatives than it would be to bring ANWR online.

    Oh, and wasn’t Iraq going to pay for itself with it’s oil sales?

  13. Fuzzyslippers says:

    We, as Americans, pride ourselves as innovators.

    We should look at this as a great opportunity.

    We invest so much of our money in items that have no long term returns.
    WHY NOT INVEST IN OUR FUTURE ENERGY SUPPLIES?

    On the state level….Can we please stop cowtowing to the roadbuilders and start looking to the future where mass transit is going to be required? Is it really practical to make I-75 23 lanes? or 26, or whatever it’s going to be. It’s getting silly.

    Pretty soon people are going to be living in Chattanooga and commuting to Atlanta. It’s silly.

  14. John Konop says:

    The issue is much bigger then just oil. We need to focus on SBA type loan guarantee programs instead of corporate tax breaks under our current tax system. Availability to capital is worth more than tax breaks to a growing company. Also this demonstrates if the company wants to grow or just increase the bottom line. This will drive more jobs and tax break due to expansion.Finally it will make the business put up equity and guaranteeing investment in our country and commitment to the plan.

  15. Left of Center says:

    Continuing to push down the lonely road for fossil fuels is an economic and environmental crisis that’s happening before our very eyes. This is not a ‘free market’ – the oil industry has reaped billions in government subsidies to prop up their ‘little’ 7% profit margins. When Bush was (lamely) trying to cajol OPEC to lower the price recently, he admitted that if they didn’t lower the price of oil, he wouldn’t be able to hold off the greens and alternative energy proponents in Congress much longer. That’s treasonous! We need to open up the market to ALL alternative methods for sourcing energy, not just latch onto yet another expensive supply/demand source like Ethanol! Ethanol is NOT the answer, especially if you mad cow-eaters continue your demand for beef. We need to look to Solar, Biofuels (of all kinds,) Renewable energies, and the newest generation of Photovoltaics with 20% fuel efficiencies. We need to offer incentives ACROSS THE BOARD, and not just to those who are already in the back pockets of Congress and this administration.

  16. Bill Simon says:

    You guys are looking at this all wrong.

    Simpy do to the auto industry what the Dem-led Congress just did to incandescent light bulbs: BAN all 4-wheeled vehicles and watch the demand for oil plummet.

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