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Reid: Energy revolution happening, but too slowly
by Oskar Garcia Associated Press
Aug 29, 2011 | 1564 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A clean energy revolution is under way in the United States but isn’t happening quickly enough, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday.

Reid told reporters in advance of a clean energy summit in Las Vegas that the country is still too dependent on foreign oil and needs to change that to help national defense and the economy.

“Our dependence on foreign oil is making our nation less secure, and is certainly damaging the health of our citizens,” he said.

Reid said he expects clean energy projects to be part of jobs bills the Senate will consider when it returns to session next week.

The Tuesday summit at the Aria Resort & Casino is expected to include Vice President Joe Biden, several governors and other influential policy experts, including Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

In addition to lawmakers trading ideas, previous summits have included announcements and discussions about investments in renewable energy.

John Podesta, chief executive of the Center for American Progress, said discussions at the summit have led to tax incentives for renewable energy and funding for transmission line projects in Nevada and elsewhere.

“I know that many of the ideas that will be developed over the next day or so will likewise be considered by Congress this year,” said Podesta, a former White House chief of staff for Bill Clinton.

Reid and Podesta spoke outdoors in a porte-cochere where automakers including Nissan, Toyota and CODA Automotive touted the latest models of zero-emission cars for city driving, and casino company MGM Resorts International showed off a charging station offered at two of its Sin City properties.

Reid said he expects Obama to speak soon in strong favor of a new push for patent reform that will create 200,000 jobs. But he said that and other initiatives have been hard to get through given Republican opposition.

“The Tea-Party driven Republicans — it’s made it very difficult to get progressive things done for this Congress,” he said.
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September 02, 2011
reid spent all the money and wants more. he needs more money pumped into the green jobs as his friends companies have claimed bankruptcy, which was tax dollars. so give him another try at screwing up as usuall! i know let harry open his own green jobs and have us pay for it. obamas new job plan is to bypass congress as stated today. gee i wonder what country he will send OUR money to now!
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