America’s energy future holds great potential for job creation, a cleaner world and greater independence from foreign influence. To secure these gains for the next generation, however, we have tremendous work ahead.
American homes and businesses place ever growing demands on an aging grid system, while prices at the pump place a burden on American families. Increased demand and competition from countries like China are driving increased prices for oil and other resources while ongoing conflicts in the Middle East continue to add instability to the energy market.
At the same time, America holds many advantages. New sources of fossil fuel are coming online, and we continue to make significant investments in the infrastructure necessary to make green energy a larger part of the solution. In addition, new technology is leading to advancements in energy conservation and “smart” grids that offer new ways to reduce consumption while meeting demand.
To meet the current needs of American families and businesses, I support additional energy exploration including projects like the Keystone-XL pipeline when they are carried out thoughtfully and with sound science that works to protect the environment as well as the economy. I have voted to expedite the expansion of responsible offshore drilling and believe these activities can be done with accountability and to the benefit of all Americans. Through these efforts, recent estimates from the International Energy Agency and private industry note that America could well become a net exporter of oil and potentially the largest oil producer in the world. An “all-of-the-above” strategy includes everything from natural gas to nuclear energy, as well as green energies like biomass, solar, hydropower and wind, which will be necessary to continue America’s economic growth in the near term.
In the long term, America’s energy challenges present great opportunity to create jobs and grow New York’s economy. America has always been a place of unmatched innovation, and I firmly believe that we can and will be the driving force in the years ahead on everything from grid improvement to energy storage to fuel efficiency. That is why I stand behind efforts to support and develop domestic green energy solutions, like homegrown biomass right here in New York State. I understand, however, that green energy often comes with local concerns as well. While I support these programs broadly, I have always believed that siting decisions need to be made at the local level, with a requirement for proven local support before a power project like wind energy could be seriously considered. To that end, I oppose the Article X law that rests siting decisions at the state level.
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