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Strong energy policy good for America

December 27, 2012
Estherville Daily News

If America is to be strong, it needs an energy policy that fosters a strong America.

A good example of that is the wind energy tax credit set to expire at the end of this year. Hopefully, the tax credit won't be one of the victims to fall off the fiscal cliff.

When Rep. Steve King visited with us earlier this month, he reiterated his support for the tax credit, saying it was good for Iowa and America. Indeed, King made the salient point that it was far better for America to getting energy from wind than to place its young men and women in the military in harm's way by trying to protect America's energy resources abroad.

King first campaigned for his House seat, in fact, on two key issues - support of wind energy and for completing the four-laning of Highway 20 - a project in the planning as long as the nation's interstate highway system.

King also noted that, just like the ethanol industry, the wind industry should be able to stand on its own once it's well established. Until then, the tax credit is needed - and desperately - if wind farm development is to continue.

King is also a strong supporter of opening federal land for oil exploration as well as getting as much of our electricity as we can from clean-burning coal plants.

A lot of what King has said all along has proven to be prophetic. More oil resources have been found in the Williston Basin over the past year than in many years. New extraction methods have helped make it all possible.

King is also pushing hard for the Canadian pipeline that will take oil to refineries in the Gulf. Granted, it's not American oil. But it's Canadian. And that's a whole lot better than having to fight wars in the Mideast to get it.

Another big boon to America's energy mix is natural gas. New discoveries the past several years have helped in that area as well.

And of course we shouldn't neglect the potential of solar energy - an energy source that's making huge inroads in developing countries.

This should not be a political issue, however. And King isn't making it that. In fact, he's been taken to task by members of his own party for his support of the wind energy tax credit.

Creating and sustaining our nation's energy supply is something that should concern all of us.

Fortunately, we have a congressman representing our district who is looking out for not only us, but the nation as well.



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