Kagen clueless on energy

Todd over at KagenWatch points out that you can’t trust a word Congressman Kagen says.  Actually can you even believe him?  Here’s the latest ad Congressman Kagen is running in the 8th district.

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So let’s take a look at this ad.  First we have two totally outrageous claims. 

First up – “everyone in Wisconsin is living in their cars.”  That’s quite hilarious because myself and most of the people I know have a roof over their heads. 

Second up – “people are now taking part-time jobs just to pay for the gas to get to their full-time jobs.”  Now there are people who work more than one job but let’s draw this out.  If you are doing what Kagen is claiming how do you get to the part-time job?

Now let’s look at the empty talk from the Congressman about what needs to happen now to become energy independent.

Point #1 – Drill Now for New Oil

Point #2 – Invest in Renewable Energy 

Point #3 – Prevent Price Manipulation

First Congressman Kagen states we need to Drill for New Oil Now.  Guess what? There’s legislation on the table for that. Here’s what the American Energy Act would do:

Open our deep water ocean resources, which could provide an additional 3 million barrels of oil per day, as well as 76 trillion cubic feet of natural gas;
Open the Arctic coastal plain, which could provide an additional 1 million barrels of oil per day;
Allow development of our nation’s shale oil resources, which could provide an additional 2.5 million barrels of oil per day;
Increase the supply of gas at the pump by cutting bureaucratic red tape that hinders the construction of new refineries.

Second Congressman Kagen states we need to invest in renewable energy.  Guess what? There’s legislation on the table for that too. Here’s what the American Energy Act would do –

Spur the development of alternative fuels through government contracting, the repeal of the “Section526” prohibition on government purchasing of alternative energy and promotion of coal to-liquids technology;
Establish a renewable energy trust fund using revenues generated by exploration in the deep ocean and on the Arctic coastal plain;
Permanently extend the tax credit for alternative energy production, including wind, solar and hydrogen;
Eliminate barriers to the expansion of emission-free nuclear power production.

Third Congressman Kagen states we need to prevent price manipulation everywhere. Are you SERIOUS?? How exactly are you going to do this?  It’s been proven a bogeyman over and over.  But wait hasn’t this proposal passed already?  Oh that’s right it was realized to be a non-solution.

If Congressman Kagen was clued in on energy he would announce support for the American Energy Act and call on his Washington DC bosses to allow a vote on it.  But that won’t happen because he’s just giving voters empty words as he trys to save his hide.  Thankfully we can vote him out of office come November.

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