- The state or quality of being
independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control
by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs
- Sufficient means for a
- Introduction and
- Our plans focus on
ensuring that America remains safe, terrorists are defeated, and
democracy flourishes in the world … and ensuring
greater energy independence…
- Building an Innovative,
Globally Competitive Economy
- Future prosperity
demands that we have affordable, cleaner, more independent energy
supplies and affordable, high-quality health care.
- Ensuring an
Affordable, Reliable, More Independent Energy Supply
- A stable,
affordable, more independent energy supply is vital to fueling
America's economic growth, increasing prosperity, helping families
afford prices at the pump, and making America more secure. President
Bush and Republicans in Congress recognize the need for a balanced
energy policy that increases both energy production and
conservation. We need a comprehensive energy policy so that we will
no longer lurch from one energy crisis to the next. Recent
electricity blackouts, the California energy crisis, natural gas and
oil price spikes, and high gasoline prices remind us that only a
comprehensive energy policy will produce energy stability for
America's families and businesses.
- As one of his
first acts in office, President Bush released the National Energy
Policy (NEP) report, a comprehensive plan to reduce America's
dependence on foreign sources of energy by increasing domestic
energy production and supporting conservation and alternative and
renewable energy. The President's proposal would make America more
energy independent while creating jobs and promoting economic
growth. It includes over 100 recommendations, nearly half of which
addressed renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation.
President Bush has implemented nearly every non- legislative
recommendation outlined in the NEP report. Republicans in the House
and Senate have stood solidly with the President. We endorse the
President's policy, appreciate the hard work of Congressional
Republicans in the face of intractable partisan opposition, and urge
final passage of a bill to secure America's energy future.
support developing new technologies for more efficient
generation and use of power. New technologies will allow us to
create new job-producing industries and save jobs in industries
that have long been staples of America's economy. For instance,
working with Congressional Republicans, the President has
already committed $2 billion over 10 years for clean coal
research and development - which helps keep America's coal
industry strong and reduces the emissions associated with coal
use. As part of that commitment, we support FutureGen, an
international, public-private initiative to build the world's
first integrated sequestration and hydrogen research power plant
that would burn coal more cleanly. President Bush's Clear Skies
Initiative would create a $50 billion private market to deploy
these clean coal technologies.
Republican Party supports research and investment designed to
realize the enormous benefits of a hydrogen economy and put the
United States on the cutting edge of energy technology. The
FreedomCar Partnership and Hydrogen Fuel Initiative include $1.7
billion over five years to begin building hydrogen cars and the
infrastructure to support them.
- Using the
most sophisticated technologies, we can explore and develop oil
resources here at home with minimal environmental impact. Our
Party continues to support energy development in the coastal
plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which,
according to the U.S. Geological Survey, holds as much as 16
billion barrels of oil - enough to replace oil imports from
Saudi Arabia for nearly 20 years. The drilling footprint can be
confined to just 2,000 acres (the entire refuge contains 19
million acres), about the size of Washington's Dulles Airport,
on ice roads that melt away in the summer, leaving little trace
of human intervention. We have already wasted precious time. If
the previous Administration had not vetoed the ANWR proposal
passed by the Republican Congress in 1995, at this moment ANWR
would be producing up to one million barrels of oil a day.
strongly support removing unnecessary barriers to domestic
natural gas production and expanding environmentally sound
production in new areas, such as Alaska and the Rocky Mountains.
Increasing supply, including the construction of a new natural
gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48, will bring needed
relief to consumers and make America's businesses more
competitive in the global marketplace.
support measures to modernize the nation's electricity grid to
prevent future blackouts and provide American consumers and
businesses with more affordable, reliable power. We will work to
unleash innovation so entrepreneurs can develop technologies for
a more advanced and robust transmission system that meets our
growing energy demands. We also support the establishment of
mandatory, enforceable reliability rules for electric utilities
to reduce the likelihood of future blackouts.
will continue to support renewable energy through extension of
the production tax credit for wind and biomass, as well as
efforts to expand the use of biodiesel and ethanol, which can
reduce America's dependence on foreign oil while increasing
revenues to farmers.
power provides America with affordable, emissions-free energy.
We believe nuclear power can help reduce our dependence on
foreign energy and play an invaluable role in addressing global
climate change. President Bush supports construction of new
nuclear power plants through the Nuclear Power 2010 initiative,
and continues to move forward on creating an environmentally
sound nuclear waste repository.
- Research and
- The rapid
pace of technological development demands that we remain on the
leading edge of innovation and science. Republicans are
committed to providing the investment and incentives needed to
foster next generation technologies.
- In addition,
the President has dedicated $1.7 billion over five years to
develop hydrogen fuel cells and related next-generation energy
- Respecting and
Protecting the Environment
- Republicans know
that economic prosperity is essential to environmental progress.
That belief is supported by compelling historical evidence. For
example, over the last 30 years, air pollution from the six major
pollutants decreased substantially, even as our population grew, our
energy consumption increased, and the economy expanded. Our Party's
environmental policies are geared towards results.
- Clear Skies
- Clear Skies,
through a proven cap-and-trade system, will reduce by 70 percent
emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury. The
market-based policies in Clear Skies, along with a 90 percent cut in
pollution from diesel vehicles, will help states meet new, more
stringent standards to protect public health. . These steps will
lead to significant environmental improvements while ensuring a
reliable, affordable electricity supply and keeping America's coal
- Global Climate
- Republicans are
committed to meeting the challenge of long-term global climate
change by relying on markets and new technologies to improve energy
efficiency. These efforts will help reduce emissions over time while
allowing the economy to grow. Our President and our Party strongly
oppose the Kyoto Protocol and similar mandatory carbon emissions
controls that harm economic growth and destroy American jobs.
- Agriculture and
- Farming is the
first industry of America - the industry that feeds us, the industry
that clothes us, and the industry that increasingly provides more of
Independence is Necessary for National Defense
Independence is Necessary for Economic Growth
- Domestic Energy
Resources Should be Opened for Exploration
Production and Refining Should Not be Unduly Restricted
Cleaner Energy Resources and Production Should be Developed as
Market Forces Determine Not as a Mandate
Energy Conservation Should Always be a Goal Rather than a Mandate
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