The United States’ dependence on foreign oil poses significant challenges to our long-term energy supply. With domestic energy demand steadily rising at a 3 per cent annual rate and national population expected to grow to 400,000,000 by 2050, the US must develop a long term energy solution to substitute fossil fuel based energy sources.
As gas prices continue to rise and global oil reserves spread thin amongst a larger consumer base that including economically emerging countries like China, India, and Brazil, Congress must design a comprehensive strategy to diversify America’s energy portfolio and establish a renewable energy infrastructure. Creating this infrastructure will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, foster the development of cleaner more efficient energy technologies and put millions of Americans back to work.
As a future congressman, Adriano Espaillat intends to address these issues by:
- Introducing legislation that reduces tax subsidies for oil companies and redirects government funds to support renewable energy projects such as wind and solar energy and geothermal heating and cooling systems.
- Promoting energy efficiency for homes and private businesses by offering increased tax incentives and establishing a rebate program for companies and homeowners that install renewable energy systems.
- Proposing legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate effects of climate change and global warming. According to the U.S. Energy Information administration, 76 per cent of US energy is produced by coal, natural gas and petroleum, which poses a threat to our long-term energy security and accelerates the effects of climate change.
For more information:
Environmental Policy Advisor
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