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State of Pennsylvania April 22, 2008 Election
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The Energy Challenge

By Keith Richardson

Candidate for US Representative; District 5; Republican Party

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Keith Richardson believes that free-market forces, not bigger, costlier, less efficient and more intrusive government, are the 21st Century solution to our energy needs.
Energy independence is a vital component of America's long and short term national security strategy. An overdependence on foreign sources of oil has created unnecessary volatility in world markets, and undermines America's ability to achieve national security and foreign policy goals.

As congressman, Keith Richardson will support the following principles and goals for energy policy:

  • Dramatically increase domestic sources of energy through careful regulatory rollbacks, and a renewed emphasis on proven clean coal and nuclear technologies. The strategy should include carefully regulated drilling in ANWR to access essential natural gas and oil reserves.
  • Continue military and foreign policy strategies that promote long-term stability in world energy markets. Improve security for America's existing energy production facilities.
  • Pursue tax and regulatory changes that promote new and existing technologies ranging from biodiesel, wind, solar, hydro and ethanol technologies.
  • Pennsylvania is blessed with thousands of miles of deep natural gas and coal reserves. The 5th District is especially rich in these resources, and they should be utilized to revitalize our economy.
  • Government at the state and federal levels should encourage and enable mining efforts through regulatory and tax relief.

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