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Candidate Positions on Energy policy

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: What is your plan for meeting future energy needs?
John KlineJohn Kline ANSWER OPTION: We need a comprehensive plan including both renewable energy and expanding drilling on U.S. soil.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: We need a comprehensive plan including both renewable energy and expanding drilling on U.S. soil. (More Info)

Steve SarviSteve Sarvi ANSWER OPTION: While drilling in federal lands is part of the solution, the engine of our future economy won't be fueled with oil; it will be fueled with renewable energy sources whose potential we're just beginning to tap.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Any real solution to our energy needs will be comprehensive. "Drill here, drill now" is not a solution -- it's a slogan. While drilling in federal lands is part of the solution, the engine of our future economy won't be fueled with oil; it will be fueled with renewable energy sources whose potential we're just beginning to tap. Some of the work the Democratic Congress has done provides a good start. They've worked to encourage more stations to install alternative fuel pumps and provide grants and tax incentives to boost the production of alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them. I would have supported these efforts; my opponent, Rep. John Kline, has opposed them. The House also passed legislation to limit the tax benefits granted to oil and gas companies that are now earning record profits. This revenue would be dedicated to offsetting the cost of research on alternative energy sources and conservation measures, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs. My opponent also opposed these measures; I would have supported them. (More Info)