From Senator Ron Wyden:
Last week, President Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline and we won a major battle in the war against climate change. But there’s much more we could be doing that would fight climate change, spur innovation and create jobs.
Our terribly outdated crazy quilt of a tax code actually encourages the production of dirty carbon-polluting fuels. It’s a relic of the past and it is suffocating innovation in the clean energy sector.
Here’s how bad it is: Every year, the big oil conglomerates get to pad their profits with a big fat check coming straight out of our tax dollars. Meanwhile, clean energy companies often have no guarantee that they’ll get any of the piecemeal incentives sprinkled into the tax code.
I’m fighting to change that.
My proposal in the U.S. Senate would change the calculus for energy producers and big consumers, shifting the incentives toward the production of clean, renewable energy while encouraging energy efficiency and conservation.
Call me impatient but I say it’s time to rip up the energy tax code altogether and replace it with new rules that meet our climate challenge head on.
An energy from Rep. Kurt Schrader:
The federal government needs to make a strong investment in renewable sources of fuel that have the capacity to create thousands of new jobs and move our nation towards energy independence. In Oregon, we are fortunate to have many options for alternate forms of energy. We can harness the wind, waves and sun to produce energy. We can grow alternative crops to reduce our carbon footprint and reliance on foreign oil. And we can promote sustainable farming and fishing practices.
I also believe a strong investment in renewable energy is a key component of reversing global climate change.The key to curbing the effects of global warming is to significantly reduce our carbon emissions. I support significant increases in fuel efficiency standards and strong reduction requirements for carbon emissions.
Addressing climate change also includes better management of our federal forestry land. Right now, wildfires are wreaking havoc in our forests and releasing vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. There is a need for responsible forest management, which includes thinning forests responsibly.
In addition, I know far too well the challenges of earth friendly farming. Years ago, I ran an organic farming co-op back home. Despite the challenges we all face, the cost of inaction is far too great. By finding alternative energy sources, managing our forests, utilizing smart agriculture practices, taking care in our recycling practices and putting in place positive legislation, we can help to save our home.