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Kathleen Sebelius on Energy & Oil

Democratic KS Governor


Bioenergy Research Grant Program for renewable fuels

Our nation is in the midst of a bio-energy revolution that will fundamentally change the way we produce and consume energy. My budget recommends the creation of a Bioenergy Research Grant Program to spur development of innovative new technologies producing the most cost-efficient renewable fuels.

Congress has recently set an aggressive goal for alternative fuel production by 2022. Kansas can and should be a leader in reaching Americaís goal. I have charged the Kansas Bioscience Authority with developing an aggressive plan for bio-energy technology and production, aimed at producing 20% of the nationís alternative fuel needs.

We must embrace the Kansas Energy Councilís proposal to require that all new state buildings meet minimum energy efficiency standards. We challenge private developers and business owners to join us in that commitment.

Source: 2007 State of the State Address , Jan 14, 2008

Kansas Wind Working Group: 1% of energy from wind, & growing

Our opportunity to find new & better sources of power doesnít end with biofuels. Kansas is one of the best states in the nation for wind power. Until recently we had not even begun to harness this resource. Five years ago only 1% of our energy came from wind. Today, we are well on our way to meeting my goal of 10% renewable energy by 2010 and 20% by 2020.

Construction of the stateís 4th wind farm is now complete and many more are in the planning stages. Sunflower Wind has announced that they will begi manufacturing wind turbines in Hutchinson, creating as many as 250 permanent jobs. These commitments along with announcements of new transmission lines and the recent decision of the Kansas Corporation Commission that wind production is a prudent investment are having a positive impact.

To continue the momentum, I have created the Kansas Wind Working Group to aggressively pursue our opportunities and incentives for wind power as well as to encourage Kansas communities to invest in wind projects

Source: 2007 State of the State Address , Jan 14, 2008

Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases.

Sebelius adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Modernize Environmental Policies
National environmental policies, mostly developed in the 1970s, have been remarkably successful in improving the quality of our air and water. But we face a new set of environmental challenges for which the old strategy of centralized, command-and-control regulation is no longer effective.

The old regime of prohibitions and fines levied on polluters is not well equipped to tackle problems such as climate change, contamination of water from such sources as farm and suburban runoff, loss of open lands, and sprawl. Without relaxing our determination to maintain and enforce mandatory national standards for environmental quality, it is time to create more effective, efficient, and flexible ways of achieving those standards.

For example, a system of tradable emissions permits would give factories, power plants, and other sources of air pollution and greenhouse gases a powerful incentive not only to meet but to exceed environmental standards. Decisions about solving local environmental problems should be shifted from Washington to communities, without weakening national standards. Finally, to empower citizens and communities to make sound decisions, government should invest in improving the quality and availability of information about environmental conditions.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC10 on Aug 1, 2000

Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025.

Sebelius endorsed setting goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025

A resolution that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the US should provide from renewable resources not less than 25% of the total energy consumed and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber. [Governors also signed letters of endorsement at www.25x25.org]

Rep. SALAZAR: "Our resolution establishes a national goal of producing 25% of America's energy from renewable sources--like solar, wind and biofuels--by 2025. The "25x'25" vision is widely endorsed, bold, and fully attainable. If implemented, it would dramatically improve our energy security, our economy, and our ability to protect the environment.

"I am pleased that more than 20 of my colleagues in the Senate, from both sides of the aisle, are cosponsoring this resolution. In addition, the "25x'25" vision has been endorsed by 22 current and former governors and several State legislatures across the country. The Big Three automobile manufacturers--Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors--are all behind "25x'25" So are many agricultural organizations, environmental groups, scientists, and businesses, ranging from the Natural Resources Defense Council to John Deere.

"These Americans understand that we cannot continue to import 60% of our oil from foreign countries, many of which are hostile to the US, if we aim to be strong and secure in the world. They know that we will have to build a clean energy economy if we are to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It is time for Congress to take a more active role in our clean energy future. Establishing a national goal--"25x'25" is the first step."

Source: 25x'25 Act (S.CON.RES.3 / H.CON.RES.25) 2007-SC03 on Jan 17, 2007

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