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Reliable Energy Now, and for the Future Talking Points and Sample Questions
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Reliable Energy Now, and for the Future Talking Points and Sample Questions

The Unites States is in the midst of an energy crisis. New exploration and the production of energy resources has almost completely stopped, our refining capacity is stretched to the limit, and our dependence of foreign energy sources is at a historical high. Any effort to make electricity and fuel more expensive, or to cap or regulate CO2 will only exacerbate an already critical situation and cause tremendous economic damage. RELIABLE ENERGY NOW, AND FOR THE FUTURE

05/14/2001
Proposed tax on Texas coal would generate $ 100 million
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Proposed tax on Texas coal would generate $ 100 million

BY Robert Mayer

By taxing the coal industry in the same manner as oil and gas, Texas could receive a $ 100 million infusion in revenue, according to a study released Tuesday. "Our state is getting a raw deal, we're missing out on a huge chunk of income and giving an unfair advantage to coal over oil and gas," said Karen Hadden, clean air coordinator of the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition, a Texas-based sustainable energy advocacy group.

04/25/2001
First Toilets, Now Washing Machines
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First Toilets, Now Washing Machines

BY Thomas Bray

Several years ago, hosting a town meeting back in his Oakland County congressional district, Rep. Joe Knollenberg was prepared to talk about everything from the federal budget to foreign policy. Instead, he found himself being peppered with complaints from irate homeowners protesting a 1992 law requiring the substitution of so-called low-flow toilets for the old 3.5-gallon tanks.

03/21/2001
Opening up Section of ANWR Could Curb Dependence on Foreign Oil, Ease Future Gas Crunches
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Opening up Section of ANWR Could Curb Dependence on Foreign Oil, Ease Future Gas Crunches

Our current energy woes have once again focused attention on America’s dependence on overseas sources of oil, particularly from price-fixing cartels like OPEC. Common sense tells us that if we have the capability, we should produce more oil here at home. We do it better, cleaner, and more efficiently than other countries - many of which give little consideration to responsible environmental stewardship.

02/27/2001
Renewing the Power Supply
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Renewing the Power Supply

Copley News Service, 02/13/2001 California Gov. Gray Davis and the state's Democratic legislature are starting to seize control of the energy industry in order to ''manage'' the state's power crisis, but Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein has a better idea. According to Investors Business Daily, she wants expedited permitting for new power plants and true market pricing. As the senator points out, ''Absent that, there is no incentive to conserve.'' To which I would add, there's no incentive to increase supply, either.

02/13/2001
Western Governors Fail to Learn From Bad Example
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Western Governors Fail to Learn From Bad Example

As most Americans know by now, California is in the throes of a power crisis. Sky-high prices and rolling blackouts have made California’s once-roaring high-tech economy seem like a third-world basket case. There is an old saying that no one is totally useless, they can always serve as a bad example. Failing to learn from California’s bad example, a slew of western governors, facing energy challenges of their own, seem eager to import chaos into their own states.

02/09/2001
Politicians: Price Controls Don't Work
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Politicians: Price Controls Don't Work

Copley News Service, 12/28/2000 A grinch who wanted to create an energy crisis would prevent new energy supplies from being tapped or created and limit return on investment in energy production to reduce or eliminate economic incentives. He'd micromanage energy supply and demand by promoting grossly inefficient "boutique" energy sources such as solar and wind power while imposing myriad environmental regulations that require "boutique" energy products. Meanwhile, he would demand energy austerity by the public under the rubric of "energy conservation."

12/28/2000
A/C Plan Getting Cool Reception
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A/C Plan Getting Cool Reception

BY David Hendricks

The public comment is in, both written and spoken. A state agency is scheduled to vote Dec. 6 on Texas' clean-air plan that could include a proposal adding significantly to the cost of new air conditioning units for most Texans as of 2002. The air conditioning proposal probably is the most controversial part of the pending Texas clean air plan that will go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

10/04/2000
New Legislation Could Curb Dependence on Foreign Oil, Ease Future Gas Crunches
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New Legislation Could Curb Dependence on Foreign Oil, Ease Future Gas Crunches

The recent spike in gas prices has once again focused attention on America’s dependence on overseas sources of oil, particularly from OPEC.

04/07/2000
America Demands Customer Choice in Electricity
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America Demands Customer Choice in Electricity

Do you remember choosing your power company? Probably not, because you had no say in the matter. Unfortunately, when it comes to electricity, there is no customer choice—your only option is the local government approved and protected monopoly. In other industries, competition keeps prices low and service reliable. But electric power is the last major industry where there is no competition, and because of that, many customers pay too much. Facing high costs and poor service, what can consumers do—live without power?

03/01/2000

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