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Bob Tuke on Energy & Oil

Democratic challenger


Dependence on foreign oil hurts security & climate

Our nation is facing an energy crisis. Soaring gas and diesel prices are forcing law enforcement to cut back on patrols and choking productivity for our farmers and freight transportation workers. And as our nation grows increasingly dependent on foreign oil from nations that are enemies of America, our citizens are forced to fund both sides of the war on terror while filling our atmosphere with climate change pollution.
Source: Campaign website, www.tukefortennessee.com, "Issues" Jun 3, 2008

More R&D for Switch Grass as fuel alternative

Noting the woes of the current economy, Tuke said high fuel prices are not only affecting "those of us paying as much as $50 or more to fill our gas tanks," but are also having a detrimental affect on many small businesses.

Tuke says a way to combat rising fuel costs is for the federal government to invest into a long term energy strategy that will result in lowering the nation's dependency on certain petroleum products. He said there is a need for the nation to develop technology to put into place certain fuel alternatives including energy that may be created by wind or further exploration and development of the use of Switch Grass as a fuel alternative.

He noted that Tennessee had been one of the nation's leading states in the research and development of Switch Grass as an energy or fuel alternative. Tuke said he would like to see this research continue as he believes Switch Grass could be a much better resource for fuel than ethanol, a product that uses corn in its production process.

Source: By Sam Hatcher, in Wilson Post May 7, 2008

Other candidates on Energy & Oil: Bob Tuke on other issues:
TN Gubernatorial:
Phil Bredesen
TN Senatorial:
Bob Corker
Chris Lugo
Lamar Alexander


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)

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