Monday, April 30, 2007

Time to Find Alternatives to 3 Dollar Gas
(Sen. Jon Tester)

April 29th, 2007

(Note: Oklahoma's farmers will use millions of gallons of diesel in the coming months as they harvest the wheat, plant cotton, and cut and bale hay on the 83,000 plus farms in this state so I thought this comment from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester was appropriate for our Oklahoma audience. Together with agriculture, energy supports our state's economy so energy is always important to us. Read Tester's thoughts below.) renewable energy policy

On my farm I have to use about 3,000 gallons of diesel each year. Like most Americans, I don’t have other options. And that’s why we’re paying three bucks for gas while CEOs are making $400 million bonuses. Three-dollar gas isn’t good for this farmer, it’s not good for Montana and it’s not good for America.

It’s going to take some hard work, research and innovation, but we will get more choices. And renewable energy is going to be a big part of the picture, especially in my state. In Montana, we’ve got a huge potential for developing alternative energy like biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and wind power.

It’s a win-win-win situation. Calibrating our potential for alternative energy in America will not only lead to cheaper fuel, it will secure our country and help conserve resources for our future generations.

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