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The answers to energy independence are no harder than rocket science. We've already figured that one out. Finding the will to change is the tougher challenge. We cannot wave a magic wand and become the Jetsons overnight. We won't all be driving electric cars tomorrow or having dinner served by solar powered robots. But we don't have to go back to the stone age either. Some people say the only answer to the energy crisis is put on a sweater and learn to live with less. Why? We are surrounded by limitless sources of energy. We can develop those resources to serve the human race and create economic prosperity as well.

What you can do today
The first step is getting Congress to remove barriers to all forms of positive energy development. There are multiple legislative steps that can and must be taken immediately. We must rally voters across the nation to call their members of Congress and demand, yes demand, legislation that will help develop more energy NOW.

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he's open to oil-drilling proposal
April 23 2009
South Florida Sun Sentinel

TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Charlie Crist thinks Floridians want to drill, baby, drill. Here, baby, here. The governor told reporters Wednesday he was being "open-minded" to a proposal unveiled a day earlier by Rep. Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, that would give offshore drillers a chance to set up rigs within sight of Florida's Gulf of Mexico beaches. The bill would lift the state's decades-old ban on rigs and give the governor and Cabinet authority over proposals for drilling between 3 and 10 miles from shore. Crist agreed with Cannon's assessment a day earlier that the pressure $4-per-gallon gas applied a year earlier meant politicians needed to act. "The more diversified we can be in terms of the energy resources that we have, the stronger it makes Florida and America," Crist told reporters Wednesday. "The experience of last summer tells you when gas goes above $4 a barrel that people want options....

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Gore urges civil disobedience to stop coal plants
September 24 2008
Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people on Wednesday to engage in civil disobedience to stop the construction of coal plants without the ability to store carbon. The former U.S. vice president, whose climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Academy Award, told a philanthropic meeting in New York City that "the world has lost ground to the climate crisis." "If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration," Gore told the Clinton Global Initiative gathering to loud applause. "I believe for a carbon company to spend money convincing the stock-buying public that the risk...

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Era of offshore oil drilling ban draws to a close
September 24 2008
Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — A long-standing congressional ban on new offshore oil drilling will expire in seven days, with Democratic leaders conceding Tuesday they stand no chance of renewing it this year over President Bush's opposition -- and in an election year in which gasoline prices have become a hot campaign issue. With the moratorium lapsing, the issue will gain greater prominence in the election because it will be up to the next president and Congress to decide whether to renew all or part of the ban, which was imposed in 1981 to put much of the California coast off-limits to new oil rigs and expanded to much of the rest of the U.S. coasts in 1985. "This next election will decide what our drilling policy will be," said Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Republican presidential nominee John McCain, like President Bush, has called for lifting...

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Drilling favored, Crist dips in new poll
September 20 2008
Miami Herald

Rising partisanship and a sinking state economy are taking a toll on Gov. Charlie Crist's once-stratospheric popularity, but Crist's support for offshore oil-drilling is striking a chord with voters, according to a new survey. The Miami Herald-St. Pete Times poll of Floridians' attitudes on state issues also shows that a proposal to ban gay marriages -- which Crist supports but won't campaign for -- is falling shy of the 60 percent needed for approval. Crist's fortunes seem to be falling in tandem with the state's job losses, which lead the nation. A majority of Floridians polled -- 51 percent -- said the state is ``headed in the wrong direction.' That number, however, reflects a partisan divide: Fifty-eight percent of Republicans say the outlook for the state is either 'mixed' or 'headed in the right direction.' Just 27 percent of Democrats agreed. Overall, Crist still remains popular, with 53 percent of...

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Senate Drilling Plan: A Dry Hole
September 19 2008
The Wall Street Journal

A bipartisan effort in the Senate to expand offshore drilling in exchange for increased spending on alternative energy and conservation has run out of gas. Leaders of the so-called Gang of 20 – 10 Republican and 10 Democratic senators – announced Friday that they’ve given up pushing their proposal until after the November election. “Unfortunately, with the fiscal crisis unfolding, time to debate a comprehensive energy policy is not available. Instead, we will share our plan with our colleagues and ask that the New Era bill be among the first orders of business when Congress reconvenes,” Sens. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) and Saxby Chambliss (R., Ga.) said in a joint statement. A Conrad spokesman added that with the election just weeks away, “the politics just aren’t right for us to talk about something that’s bipartisan.” The proposal’s failure to get off the ground – just seven weeks after it was...

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he's open to oil-drilling proposal
April 23 2009
South Florida Sun Sentinel

Gore urges civil disobedience to stop coal plants
September 24 2008
Reuters

Era of offshore oil drilling ban draws to a close
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