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Tom Ridge on Energy & Oil

Secretary of Homeland Defense; Former Republican Governor (PA)


Comprehensive energy policy including nuclear & clean coal

I plead with Congress to enact a comprehensive energy policy that includes the appropriate incentives to support nuclear energy, clean coal, natural gas, biofuels, renewables, and conservation.

Energy independence and homeland security are linked. During the past three decades we've gone through several oil crises. Each time, prices have shot up. We promised ourselves we would take immediate and aggressive action to render us less dependent on foreign sources of oil. But every time the price at th pump dropped and the cost of other fuels declined, we lost our ardor and our will to do so. Unless we embark on a comprehensive approach to energy development, we will find ourselves in the same predicament.

Imagine the national and international impac if we committed the resources to drive innovation across every potential energy source. The positive environmental, competitive, and economic impact is almost limitless. Jobs, exports, reduced carbon footprints, and yes, greater security.

Source: The Test of our Times, by Tom Ridge, p.266-267 , Sep 1, 2009

Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically.

Ridge adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy NR-11, Global Climate Change Domestic Policy 00-NGA3 on Aug 15, 2000

Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries.

Ridge adopted the National Governors Association policy:

If appropriate international commitments are established and are ratified by the US, the Governors believe implementation should be allowed to be achieved through cost-effective market-based activities, which account for scientifically verifiable and accountable reductions in greenhouse gas levels regardless of where the reductions are achieved. Any multinational emissions trading program must provide a flexible and workable framework that takes full advantage of market forces and maximizes international participation.
Source: NGA policy NR-11, Climate Change International Policy 00-NGA4 on Aug 15, 2000

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