Candidates need to promote new energy


Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:06 a.m.
Nathan Crabbe (Jan. 15) called biodiesel "Florida's future fuel." Gainesville and Alachua County, please take a page from Jacksonville's implementation of a program that recycles used oil (some from local restaurants) for use in city vehicles, making biodiesel fuel a practical option for the community's businesses and commuters.
When Alachua County farmers catch up to Jacksonville's restauranteurs in creating a viable biofuel program, both areas will need support from our representatives in Washington.
Congressman Cliff Stearns has failed to sponsor even one of more than 15 bills in the House of Representatives that offer a range of tax incentives for communities, businesses, manufacturers, agricultural centers - and individuals - to use, purchase or build biofuel vehicles. In his 18 years in politics, Stearns (District 6) has refused to sponsor any incentive for alternative energy. In fact, his votes continue to rubber-stamp the Bush administration's policy to protect big oil companies that contribute the most to global warming and America's dangerous dependence on foreign oil.
Stearns actually voted against an opportunity to cut production of greenhouse gases when he voted against a bill that would increase CAFE (fuel economy) standards and offer incentives for alternative fuel vehicles. Instead, Stearns voted to build new domestic oil refineries, voted against incentives to increase the use of ethanol as a fuel and deferred a decision on offshore drilling to Florida's Republican state legislature.
The next essential step in Jacksonville's successful biodiesel program is electing candidates who share their determination to protect our environment and promote new energy sources as viable options.
Harold Saive, Gainesville

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