Mike Bouchard on Energy & Oil
BOUCHARD: Yes, there's conflicting reports. We could be in a position to lead away from fossil fuels. She filibustered the comprehensive energy package in Congress. We need someone who will lead on that - she hasn't. She has only one bill authored -- to rename a federal building. I wrote legislation to close incinerators while in the S state Senate.
STABENOW: Global Warming is real and I'm focused on solving it. I cite nineteen provisions which I authored, many bi-partisan. Global Warming is too important for partisan politics. I supported the energy bill from two years ago -- it created real energy boom in Michigan. We have strong agriculture, and ability to tell world to buy fuel here in Michigan instead of Middle East.
A good example is the imposition of restrictions on greenhouse gasses in conformity with the Kyoto agreement. Complying with these restrictions would be extraordinarily expensive, costing thousands of jobs. Because many of our competitors are not going to comply, we'd become even less competitive than we are now. Finally, the amount of carbon dioxide that would be released into the atmosphere will be almost the same over the next century, regardles of whether Kyoto is implemented.
In short, the costs would be tremendous, while the benefits would be negligible! Michigan's Sen. Carl Levin voted against imposing these regulations on US companies. Sen. Stabenow, however, voted in favor of them.
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