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The Issues Part 2

I am deeply dissatisfied with U.S. energy politics. The political agenda of the Administration needs to be replaced with sound scientific policy, without which America may continue to fall behind the rest of the world in addressing and developing alternative, non – carbon based forms of energy. Reducing our dependence on oil will not only reduce green house gas emissions, it will emancipate us from the whims of oil producing countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

And help prevent similar disasters like the Deepwater Horizon accident that cost millions of dollars in ecological damage to the Gulf of Mexico coast lands, fish and birds, and livelihoods of thousands of people and businesses along with loss of lives. It did bring big bucks to those lawyers for maritime injuries who represented not only the families of the dead maritime workers, but also the seriously injured workers as well. This isn’t to disparage Maritime lawyers. They represent maritime workers (such as deckhand, a mate, an engineer, a tanker man, a cook, or a captain) to make sure seriously injured men and women who work in this dangerous profession receive their rightful compensation. What I am saying is if the US can become more energy independent with most of our production of energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind, we as a nation won’t have to depend as greatly upon oil drilling in environments where accidents have tremendously negative impact.

We need to make major changes in policy to efficiently move Arizona and the Country toward energy independence. If done properly, production of energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind will:

(1) create sustainable jobs in Arizona Congressional District 1;

(2) decrease dependence on foreign oil;

(3) reduce green house gas emissions; and

(4) create a net gain for the State.

Arizona should be a major producer and exporter of energy that is not used in – state. Congressional District 1 is an ideal site for large scale solar and wind energy projects. We should be exporting energy, not importing it. Moreover, generation of solar and wind energy is not heavily water dependent, which should be of concern to all of us in Arizona.

We need a larger vision for a sustainable future. As your Congressman, I would work hard to end tax breaks and favors to big oil. I believe we also need to stop the heavy government subsidization of the nuclear energy industry and to divert these resources to the implementation and utilization of renewable sources of energy.

Parts of CD 1 are still struggling with the environmental and health impacts of uranium mining and processing from the World War Two era, not to mention issues with the disposal of radioactive waste from the energy process itself, with a half-life of hundreds of thousands of years.

Arizona could, and should, be the renewable energy capital of the Country. This makes economic, environmental and practical sense.

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Immigration
The only realistic way to regain control of our borders is to:
(1) fund stronger enforcement at the border; and
(2) put a program into place that encourages undocumented aliens currently in this Country to register as “guest workers.”

Secure the Border
No immigration policy will work unless and until the border is secure. This is a matter of national security. This means increased funding for the Border Patrol, using state – of – the – art technology against illegal immigration, and increasing enforcement against employers who hire undocumented workers.

Earned Legalization Program
There should be no amnesty but a means for some undocumented workers to earn the privilege of American citizenship. As a practical matter, we simply cannot round up and deport 12 million people who are not here legally. The cost of deportation would be an estimated $123 billion and would make America an un – American country by disrupting communities and businesses, and uprooting and splitting up families. To earn legal status, immigrants would have to work, pay taxes, learn English, obey our laws, and pay a penalty for violating the law. Completing the process would take several years.