Indiana State House District 44 candidate Nancy Michael paid a visit to Brazil Tuesday, announcing her support for increasing the state's investment in alternative energy sources to cut energy costs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
Michael said she believes the state should set an example for Hoosiers to follow in moving toward renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydrogen and other bio-fuels.
"With the price of gasoline teetering on $4 a gallon, the State of Indiana must step up its efforts to invest in the research, development and production of alternative forms of energy," Michael said. "It will take a strong commitment from the state to make this a reality."
Michael said she believes state government is failing to lead the effort in diversifying energy sources.
"Our state government should be setting an example for using alternative energy," she said. "By doing this, we can make a statement, that Indiana is committed to investing in alternative energy and bio-fuels."
On Tuesday, Michael proposed that all new state and university construction be done in accordance with energy efficient building standards. According to her, this will save tax dollars in the long term through lower utility expenses.
Michael added she wanted to ensure new state vehicles that are purchased by flex-fuel vehicles that run on ethanol blend E-85.