A: Missouri can improve coal efficiency and expand green energy. ˙Missouri boasts of its low energy prices as compared to the national average.˙ However, this favorable condition may be short-lived as federal regulations continually stiffen toward cleaner coal power centers.˙ Because 82% of Missouri energy is derived from coal, our state will have to make wise decisions in improving our plants.˙New, clean burning and efficient coal plants in Tampa, FL and Temple, TX prove that this can be done.˙ Likewise, nuclear, natural gas, hydroelectric, and solar companies will be encouraged to expand their technology for affordability and availability for our citizens.
Jason supports investments in technologies of the future that will create jobs in Missouri and provide for alternative energy sources. This includes support for wind, solar, and geothermal energy, as well as hydropower. He also believes we should provide tax relief to families and businesses that make their homes and offices more efficient.
Jason supported the Missouri Clean Energy Act, the renewable electricity standard that passed in a statewide vote in 2008, and opposed the Missouri Legislature's rollback of that policy. Unfortunately, that rollback removed the requirement that Missouri utilities use Missouri-based providers of renewables, which has cost Missouri energy jobs.
As our energy needs grow, we need to be looking now for new sources of clean, abundant and affordable power. Building a second nuclear plant will create thousands of good-paying jobs for all our construction trades.
Building the next generation of nuclear power plants. Advancing the frontiers of biotechnology. The 21st Century economy is knowledge-based, and the best jobs will belong to those with the best education.
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