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U.S. Senator Salazar talks energy in Frisco

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Summit Daily/Eric Drummond

U.S. Senator Ken Salazar stopped by Frisco on Saturday afternoon to talk with supporters about Congressional efforts to increase renewable energy use.

With two important bills involving energy issues being discussed next week, “This is probably the biggest week in the Senate since I’ve been there on energy,” Salazar told the small group of supporters gathered at Abbey’s Coffee.

The 2007 farm bill proposes $3.1 billion in spending on renewable energy. And even bigger, Salazar said, is the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which would both expand renewable energy efforts and increase fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 30 years, meaning “you save millions of barrells of oil that we won’t have to import into the country.”

“This is not going to be a perfect energy bill, because it’s not going to include everything that we want,” Salazar said, noting that some provisions haven’t gained bipartisan support.

Salazar named three reasons why shifting the U.S.’s energy dependence is important: environmental concerns, the national security threat from depending on foreign energy sources and the economic possibilities renewable energy can provide.

“Energy has opened up a whole new chapter of opportunity for rural America,” Salazar said, explaining that biofuels from crops benefit farmers and help the country in “growing our way to energy independence.”

Salazar also noted the alternative energy developments happening in the state, from the construction of ethanol plants to the expansion of solar and wind power use.

“There’s so much that’s happening on the renewable energy front here in Colorado,” he said. “It’s a real exciting time.”

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