Sen. Harry Reid Proposes Construction of Renewable Energy Power Lines
The bill calls for a more efficient method of delivering the power created from solar, wind, hydro and geothermal sources.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada introduced a bill today that would create renewable energy power lines which would deliver electricity created from renewable sources in remote areas to more populated cities.
“The concept of this bill is simple, we need to have an efficient way to take energy created in often remote areas and move it to where it is needed,” Reid said. “This is especially important for states like Nevada because it will create thousands of good-paying jobs and help diversify the economy.”
He wants the Federal government to have the power to override states in deciding where they should be placed and who will pay for them. The ultimate authority will lie with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take land under eminent domain and issue permits if a project is being stalled on the state level.
“As John F. Kennedy said about 50 years ago, The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity. America has not one crisis, but at least three crises that loom large before us,” said Reid.
“The economy is in obvious turmoil, pollution is causing the climate to change, and we are far too dependent on oil, particularly oil from unfriendly places around the world. These challenges hamper our security in profound ways.”
Recent attempts by Congress to overrule states has prompted strong opposition, and is likely to ignite a fierce debate on states’ rights.
Reid also discussed how newer technologies, while helping to use less oil than previously consumed is a step in the right direction toward reducing our dependence on foreign oil by means of efficiency, it ultimately isn’t enough.
“Even if we stopped wasting nearly one-third of the country’s annual current energy consumption – unnecessarily spending trillions of dollars and sending billions of tons of pollution up into the air – we would still need new supplies of clean energy for sustainable economic growth,” he said.
“Reforming our energy policies to build a cleaner, greener national transmission system – an electric superhighway – must be a top national priority.”