Alright, this is the next segment in my series on the race for Michigan’s 9th District. Although it doesn’t directly tie into what’s going on in the race, gas prices are rising and that’s making it an important issue (especially considering the current economy).
Knollenberg himself, outlined a plan to reduce gas prices, saying, “These high gas prices are totally unacceptable.”
Knollenberg held the press conference with House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO). Blunt shared Knollenberg’s thoughts about adding to the refinery capacity for refineries in the U.S., to stop placing oil into natural reserves, urging foreign countries to increase their oil output, and accessing oil resources under public land and water through environmentally safe methods, saying, “It’s foolish not to use the oil and natural gas both [under] the ground and in deep water.”
But, Knollenberg (like anybody who knows something about energy), doesn’t want to simply rely on oil. He has supported wind and nuclear (my personal favorite – I’ve been a HUGE advocate for nuclear power) power plants as well as conserving energy at home and on the road (through simply turning off lights to carpooling).
Knollenberg introduced The New Bridging Industry and Government Through Hi-Tech Research on Energy Efficiency Act, the “New Big Three Act,” which will promote more energy efficient technology, both in the public and private sectors. Among other things, the act would:
- Provide $750 million in grants over 5 years for research and develop advanced vehicle batteries.
- Provide $250 million over 5 years to add hydrogen fuel stations to existing gas stations.
- Spend $150 million over 3 years for the government to purchase hydrogen vehicles.
- Help auto makers meet federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.
Knollenberg showed confidence in his plan, saying, “My plan will turn the tide [and] bring gas prices back to reality.”
The law is currently being reviewed by the House Ways and Means Committee, and Knollenberg is expected to push for a vote on the floor later this week.
Personally, I think it’s a great plan. Although I’d like to see more of a push for nuclear power, many people don’t like nuclear power, and it suffers from the “just not in my back yard” argument more than any other type of power.
Although I don’t know his policies, I’m fairly confident that Knollenberg’s opponent, Gary Peters, would side with most of the Democrats in their proposed tax on the oil companies, which will do nothing for consumers and only hurt workers of the oil companies.
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