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Christopher Reed on Energy & Oil

Republican challenger


Drill for more American oil to reduce gas prices

Reed advocated for drilling for more American oil to bring down the price of gasoline and create jobs. "My opponent has no desire to drill for oil--none. His plan is simply to tax production and expand government," Reed said. "That will never put one dro of fuel in your tank. My plan is to drill here, drill now and drill often."

Reed said domestic oil sources would help in the meantime while alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power are developed into a more viable means of energy. Reed also urged energy conservation, but said that should come from individual responsibility, not from a government mandate.

In contrast, Harkin argued drilling on the intercontinental shelf is expensive and would do little to immediately bring down oil prices. Instead, he argued for developing technologies such as an electric-powered car and cellulosic ethanol in addition to developing wind and solar energy. "We need an energy program that doesn't just chase the last barrel of oil," Harkin said.

Source: 2008 Iowa Senate debate reported in Des Moines Globe Gazette Aug 13, 2008

Tap into domestic oil like ANWR

I believe that we are way too dependent on foreign oil and need to tap into domestic oil finds like those in Alaska (ANWR) and Utah or the vast resources the fields of Iowa offer the world.
Source: Campaign website, http://www.christopherreed2008.com/ Jun 3, 2008

Not ready to jump head first into biofuels

Q: What is your view on the usage of biofuels such as biodiesel and ethanol?

A: Obviously, Iowa would be at the forefront of bio-fuel technology. However, it needs to be reasonably priced, clean and efficient. I believe that Iowa would reap the benefits of bio-fuels as the Middle East has from oil. I want this success for all Iowans and other American farmers. But I am not quite ready to jump head first into it without first making sure it is the best suit for America.

Source: The Iowa Brigade, email questionnaire Apr 2, 2008

Coal & nuclear have gotten a bad rap

Coal has gotten a bad rap from the EPA. It is billed as an evil, dirty fuel. Now, that being said, I know coal is a major player in providing energy for many Americans. It is no secret that we need more sources of energy and more power plants to provide it to the people who need it.

I would still say that I believe nuclear energy is the cleanest, cheapest form of energy. Nuclear power gets a bad rap from the press behind EPA and radicals on the left. I think we need more nuclear plants.

Source: The Iowa Brigade, email questionnaire Apr 2, 2008

Other candidates on Energy & Oil: Christopher Reed on other issues:
IA Gubernatorial:
Chet Culver
IA Senatorial:
Chuck Grassley
Tom Harkin


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
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DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
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Treas.:Tim Geithner
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AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
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GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
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MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
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MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
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