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ELECTION: Inslee’s plan merges energy and jobs

Letter by Clifford D. Allo, Puyallup on Sep. 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm with 5 Comments »
September 17, 2012 2:59 pm

A recent letter writer (TNT, 9-15) scoffed at Jay Inslee for citing “Apollo’s Fire,” a book he co-wrote. Rejecting fossil-fuel industry talking-points, Inslee’s specific plans to reduce Washington’s dependence upon outside sources of energy demonstrate his seriousness as a candidate committed to improving Washington’s economy. A few examples:

• Biofuels are proven replacements for jet fuel. Inslee urges expanding local production of biofuels to replace jet fuel from out-of-state petroleum. Local production means local jobs and revenues flowing through the local economy instead of going elsewhere.

Inslee further plans to expand research and development efforts at Washington State University and elsewhere to extend this proven technology to further applications, additional savings and more jobs.

• Inslee has identified specific means to improve the efficiency of our homes and workplaces, which would save money on bills and put people to work.

• He has an agenda to expand renewable energy capture, transmission and storage.

• He proposes time-limited, targeted, reviewable tax incentives for clean-technology startups.

These initiatives are just a sampling of the highlights in Inslee’s programs for jobs and energy. Writing his book required him to research and think these issues through. We can be the beneficiaries of his effort.

Increased efficiency and expanded, local sources of energy will put people to work; increase state and local tax bases; put savings in our pockets; and reduce what we pay others. Moreover, as our universities and industries develop better technologies, like Microsoft they will be able to sell those ideas and techniques around the world.

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  1. charliebucket says:

    Thank you for the specifics and the thoughtful letter.

  2. truthbusterguy says:

    Inslee’s plan picks winners and losers in a free economy. This green crap is all he got and obama showed how it’s a failed plan. Remember Solyndra!!!

    If you want more of the same liberal crap from Olympia that you have now vote for inslee you fool.

  3. Inslee’s book is nothing more than an outdated blueprint for Government’s picking of winners and losers in the largely-failed green energy market. Indeed, about half of the companies he cites in his book have already failed to some degree – some of which companies he helped secure funding for through his position on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

    It’s incredibly ironic that you mention Microsoft though, Clifford. Can you name one government hand-out Microsoft received during its start-up years?

    As I recall they went the EVIL private equity route. And when it comes to risky technology ventures like green energy, that’s exactly how it should be.

    Let the free market decide winners and losers.

  4. blakeshouse says:

    Inslee doesn’t deserve to be elected dog catcher much less any higher office. He is the epitome of socialist thinking.

  5. averageJose says:

    Surely all those Solyndra employees beg to differ…

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