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Renewable energy: The foundation for a new, better economy

Posted: October 5, 2008 7:40 p.m.
Updated: December 7, 2008 5:00 a.m.

As many families across the state know first hand, our economy is in crisis. Households are increasingly finding it hard to make ends meet with spikes in the price of gas ticking $5 a gallon, grocery bills that are taking up more and more of the family budget, home prices that are dropping, and the mortgage crunch affecting us all.

Our state is gripped in an economic crisis that is making it necessary to have leadership in our capital that is committed to provide financial relief to working families.

That is why I am fighting to transition California to an economy that makes better use of renewable energy and to stimulate new job creation from these technologies.

Today, our dependence on foreign oil threatens our economy and affects us all. It has made us vulnerable to oil producing countries that are not our allies.

As economic challenges mount for California's hardworking families, it has become apparent that renewable energy truly is a wave we need to catch.

Our state needs to foster a renewable energy industry that will create high-paying green jobs, reduce our fuel and energy prices and end our dependence on foreign oil.

However in order to foster a renewable energy industry, things need to change in Sacramento. In recent years, there has been an increasing attack on businesses from the Legislature that has forced many businesses to leave the state or close altogether.

We need a Legislature that understands the need to improve the business climate. Our elected state representatives must remove regulatory roadblocks and adjust tax policies in order to allow businesses to explore and invest in new innovative ideas to change the direction of our economy.

I firmly believe that now, more than ever, it is a necessity for California to make a public policy investment in renewable energy.

That is why I co-founded and serve as the vice president of GreenWave Energy Solutions - a renewable energy company that aims to convert the power of ocean waves into useable electricity to power our homes.

If we are to fix our economy, our Legislature must make it a priority to lead the nation in renewable energy production.

California already leads the country in many industries - like agriculture, entertainment and information technology. We can and should also lead the nation in the research, development and production of renewable energy.

Promoting and generating clean renewable energy is not only good for the environment, but it will also be the foundation of a new economy.

Tony Strickland is a candidate for the 19th District California Senate seat in the November election. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal. "Right Here, Right Now" runs Mondays in The Signal and rotates among local Republican writers.


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