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Candidate: State should invest more in alternative energy

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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.

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Ms Michael is a bit behind the curve here. Indiana went from 1 ethanol plant built in 1985 to 16 in the last 4 years. Also there have been 4 bio-diesel plants in the the same last 4 years.

Lets see now who was in office then?

I just can't seem to remember...now...

Well it'll come to me eventually...hmm...

-- Posted by davgreencastle on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 4:12 PM

Nancy Michael is on target. She is going to be a great state rep.!!

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 7:27 PM

I don't think the point being made is that we should be producing ethanol, because we are already doing that. I think the point is that the State of Indiana needs to lead the way if we are to transition to alternative fuels. While there are alternatives available, the state is not utilizing them, so how can it encourage mass use? Furthermore, the state needs to create incentives for commercial and residential use of these alternatives.

-- Posted by WiseChic on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 8:56 PM

Nancy Michael is not behind the curve, at all. She is right on about how our state should be handling this issue. It sounds like her plan includes more than just ethanol, as it should, since the price of corn, due to ethanol production, is so high that our food prices have gone up as well. Nancy is going to be a great representative for us...I can't wait until she is elected!

-- Posted by Neighbor on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 2:49 PM

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