Jim Tarleton has spent his entire career in the field of domestic energy production; first as a gulf coast oilman, then as a uranium miner in the southwest. He has seen those industries rise and fall on the waves of competition, supply, tariffs and trade deals. He has arrived early to a new American energy economy: renewable natural gas produced from the food waste our cities and towns throw away by the ton every day.
We're all frustrated -- and I can include Cal Cunningham with us here -- that more isn't being done to help green entrepreneurs bring us the technologies that hold the most promise for cleaning up and localizing our energy usage. If the technology exists, if the people who can fathom the science exist, if the business model to develop and deliver the products exists -- then where is the green, renewable future we all know we should be inhabiting by now?
To that end, Cal's Jobs Plan prioritizes incentives to Green Energy businesses and home upgrades, and perhaps just as importantly, eliminates tax breaks for Big Oil and Gas companies. Briefly:
1. Create Clean Energy Business Zones. Like a Research Triangle Park for green businesses.
2. Incentives for Residential and Commercial Energy Efficiency. Natural (and financial) resource saving technologies often come with an initial expense that we should work to defray through incentives.
3. Invest in Bio-diesel and other Next-Generation Fuels. The goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate our dependence on foreign oil. This is the way to do it.
4. End the Tax Giveaways to Big Oil and Gas Companies. Simply stated, they're weathering the recession better than you and I are -- and it's time to level the playing field across the energy spectrum.
Read the full policy here.