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Candidate Positions on Energy policy

Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.

Question: What is your plan for meeting future energy needs?
Michael CumminsMichael Cummins ANSWER OPTION: Everything has to be on the table, we have to stop using Natural Gas to make electricity as this is the primary source for home owners who heat their homes. Clean coal technology is there and is a very inexpensive method of producing electricity. We need to look at Nuclear Power Plants as alternatives to coal and NG. As far as transportation, we are an oil based economy. We need to become independent from foreign countries. Drilling in the OCS, ANWR and North Dakota responsibly will make a huge difference.

Jim OberstarJim Oberstar ANSWER OPTION: While I support bipartisan legislation that would expand domestic oil and natural gas exploration, I recognize that we need to promote alternatives to fossil fuels to secure our future energy needs. The best energy and environmental approach is to promote conservation and energy efficiency (including investments in mass transit), and not to expect that we can simply drill our way to energy independence. I strongly support the promotion of biofuels made from non-food feedstock's like switch grass, algae and even waste products. I am encouraged that innovative developments in alternative and renewable fuel technologies will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and make our nation energy independent.