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    The Mix: Barrasso and Blumenauer on the State of the Union


    by energynow

    Sen. John Barrasso, R-WY, says he'd like to support President Obama's call for the nation to get 80 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2035, but he's still uneasy about the specifics and the technology. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR, says the majority of states are already headed in the direction the president wants, so it makes sense for the rest of the nation to follow. The two lawmakers tell Susan McGinnis their reactions to the energy initiatives the president announced in his State of the Union message. Barrasso says it was remarkable that the president endorsed so many different forms of energy, including clean coal. He says America needs commodities that Wyoming has, like coal, uranium for nuclear plants and natural gas, because world energy demand will soar in the next 25 years. He says we need to make energy as clean as we can, as fast as we can, without raising costs for American families. As for supporting the president's call, Barrasso says he's like to see the technology developed to make maximum use of all those clean sources of energy. He says America needs to make sure that other countries like China and India are using that technology as well, because it's best to have everyone around the world using the best technology and the cleanest means of producing energy. What he doesn't want is to have renewable energy become the least expensive form of energy by making other forms more expensive. He says raising the cost of traditional forms of energy could be damaging to energy security and economic growth. Barrasso says the president's call for $8 billion in new clean energy funding may not play well with Americans at home and already concerned about their energy costs. He says Obama's call to end oil subsidies will result in an increase in the price of gasoline. He says renewable energy companies that get subsidies or stimulus funding often burn through them with no results. He cites firms in Massachusetts and California that received hundreds of millions in stimulus money and ...