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Message from Sen. Salazar re: National Renewable Electricity Standards

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Thank you for contacting me regarding a renewable electricity standard (RES). I appreciate hearing from you.

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.

Sincerely,

Ken Salazar
United States Senator

Please do not respond to this email. To send another message please visit my website at http://salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm and fill out the webform for a prompt response. Thank you.

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