Friday, March 16, 2007
With Al Gore and “An Inconvenient Truth,” still fresh on the minds of Oklahomans, Bill Richardson has set a goal of reducing oil imports in our country by 40 percent and replacing liquid fuels with bio-fuels by 2025, calling for a 75 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.
By promoting tax breaks for the construction of energy efficient buildings, offering tax credits for hybrid cars and public transportation, and creating a system of tradable energy credits to encourage private investment in alternative energy technology, Richardson is proving that he’s serious about saving the environment.
``Our ability to drain the swamps of terrorism depends in part on our political will to change how we produce, distribute and consume energy,'' Richardson said. ``In the West, it's not just liberal college kids who ask what we are doing about global warming - it's the conservative farmers and ranchers whose way of living is at risk.''