Tuesday, September 18, 2007
As you know, while many states have instituted RESs-- policies mandating that a state generate a certain percentage of its energy from renewable sources-- there is no federal RES.
In 2004, I endorsed Colorado's Amendment 37 to establish a statewide RES of 10%. As you may know, this effort was supported by a majority of Colorado and passed.
I believe that a national RES will help the United States meet our energy needs in a diversified manner, while creating economic opportunities for rural America.
As your U.S. Senator, I have been active in supporting a RES to be included in comprehensive energy legislation. I co-sponsored and voted for an amendment to the 2005 Energy Bill that would have established a national 10% RES by 2020. This amendment passed the Senate but it was removed from the final Energy Bill by the House of Representatives.
I also supported an amendment to the 2007 Energy Bill that would have established a 15% RES by 2020. Unfortunately, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle blocked this amendment from ever coming up for a vote.
While I am disappointed that the 2007 Energy Bill did not ultimately create a national RES, I will keep fighting to establish a sensible national RES as I continue my work in the Senate. Toward that end, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.
Thanks again for contacting me.
United States Senator
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