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Energy Plan in Congress - What Will It Mean for the Badger State?

January 15, 2007

As part of the "Hundred Hours" push by Democratic leaders, Congress will vote this week on a plan to cut $10 billion in oil tax breaks, and use the money to promote renewable sources. Joyce Harms with Clean Wisconsin says the plan would help cut toxic and global warming pollutants, and she believes Wisconsin is well positioned to take the lead in developing alternative energy sources.

"Funding on the national or local level would allow us to take the brainpower that exists here in Wisconsin, and convert that into new renewable energy systems."

Harms adds that the bill would help the nation end its dependence on foreign fuels and help the state develop economic resources like wind and bio-fuels.

"It doesn't make sense to keep using inefficient forms of energy when we can tap into some economic development just lying there waiting."

Steve Clemmer with the Union of Concerned Scientists concurs.

"Wisconsin could benefit greatly from increasing renewable energy use. Wisconsin doesn't have any indigenous fossil fuels, but it imports the vast majority of the coal and natural gases it uses for electricity and all of the oil it uses for transportation."

The bill's authors say it would end about $10 billion in oil industry tax cuts passed by the previous Congress. Harms says the state can also do a lot to promote alternative energy, by replacing coal-fired power plants with alternative energy sources.

The bill number is HR 6.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI