Bruce Lunsford on Energy & Oil
Democratic Senate challenger
Bruce Lunsford said his energy plan includes expanded drilling, alternative fuels and drawing from the nation's strategic petroleum reserve to lower gas prices. Lunsford said Republicans are pushing for expanded drilling because it is favored by the oil industry. "What the Republicans have done led by Mitch McConnell is they have been industry-driven for every solution, because that's who butters their bread," Lunsford said.
Lunsford declined to say whether he would vote to lift federal bans on such exploration. "I think we have plenty of places offshore, and we have spots in (the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska) but it needs to be done judiciously," he said. "But I do think we need to drill for oil. It's one of the many things we can do here."
The price of gas--currently around $4 a gallon--and how to bring it down has become the key issue early in Kentucky's Senate race and other federal campaigns around the country. Lunsford said he favors eight actions to reduce the cost of oil--many of them in step with Democratic talking points nationally. But yesterday he strayed from the party line, and his own eight-point plan, to say that he favors drilling in the two areas that have remained off-limits because of environmental concerns.
America's dependence on foreign oil is a national security issue as much as it is an environmental challenge. We must focus more on homegrown alternative sources of energy.
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