SENATOR JON TESTER -An All-of-the-Above Energy Plan I'm for an all-of-the-above energy plan.This means responsible development of traditional energy resources like coal, oil, and natural gas along with cutting edge renewable energy sources like wind...
As we work to grow our economy and create jobs, energy development presents great opportunities for Montana.
That's why I'm for an all-of-the-above energy plan. This means responsible development of traditional energy resources like coal, oil, and natural gas along with cutting edge renewable energy sources like wind, geothermal, biomass, and solar power.
When I visited Richland County, I got a close-up view of the key role Montana can play in developing our energy future and growing our economy. The oil and gas boom in Eastern Montana is boosting our state's economy and will help us use traditional energy resources to reduce consumption of foreign energy and as a bridge to cleaner fuels in the future.
I'm proud of the work Montanans are doing to secure our energy future, and proud to support responsible development of the Keystone Pipeline. Earlier this month, I voted to move the Keystone Pipeline forward now, without delay. Over the past three years, our domestic oil production has risen and our dependence on foreign oil has been on the decline. Development of the Keystone Pipeline will keep us on this path to a more sustainable energy future.
We also must make sure Montana and America lead the world in renewable energy development. Diversifying our sources of energy will stabilize prices and create jobs. Since 2008, renewable electricity generation has doubled. With abundant wind and geothermal resources, Montana wins when we develop renewable energy resources.
Just last week I met with the CEO of NaturEner, the company developing cutting edge wind energy projects in Glacier and Toole Counties in northcentral Montana. These projects will put hundreds of Montanans to work and provide clean energy today and for years into the future. To help keep these projects on track and attract further development to our state, I'm working hard to get the Production Tax Credit reauthorized.
Montana wins with an all-of-the-above energy plan. We have the resources. We have a dedicated, well-trained workforce. We have innovators leading the way to new energy sources at our colleges and universities. I'm working to make sure these ingredients add up to jobs and economic growth in the years ahead.