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State of Pennsylvania April 22, 2008 Election
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Secure and Affordable Energy

By Chris Exarchos

Candidate for US Representative; District 5; Republican Party

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Congress needs to take concrete steps to make energy more abundant and affordable
The foundation of our economy is plenty of affordable energy, energy to heat our homes, fuel our cars, run our factories and light our businesses. When energy costs are high, we all suffer. Congress needs to take concrete steps to make energy more abundant and affordable. In the short term we need to find additional natural gas resources and encourage the use of clean coal technology, such as coal gasification and liquefaction. We can produce clean fuel from the abundant coal resources in the 5th District. I support offshore drilling for natural gas and increased exploration for oil and oil shale. Increased use of natural gas and clean coal technology will increase our current energy supply, make our energy more secure, and keep our energy dollars at home.

The second step to energy independence is using the royalties from the offshore drilling to fund research and startups for our long-term energy needs. Solar, nuclear, and hydrogen are the non-hydrocarbon energy sources of the future. Some headway has been made toward making those sources effective and usable, such as hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels, but much more needs to be done to ensure they become affordable energy to power our economy. We should not abandon nuclear power; new technologies will make it safe and affordable as it has been demonstrated in European countries.

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