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 Texas attorneys for maritime accidents 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 a 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 II 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.