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In an effort to increase domestic energy supplies and bring down rising gas prices, a group of 19 senators has introduced the Domestic Energy Production Act of 2008.

Sponsored by Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM), the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the bill is one of the first congressional responses to growing nationwide unrest over soaring energy prices.

The legislation would reduce America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy by expanding the recovery and development of traditional energy sources while simultaneously promoting alternative energy technologies.

“For years now, I have been trying to develop more domestic production of oil and gas, and for years, with one exception in the Gulf of Mexico, I have been blocked for political reasons. Consumers are now paying the price for those years of obstruction,” Domenici said in a press statement accompanying introduction of the bill.
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California State Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) has introduced a bill declaring the state’s iconic redwoods the victor over solar panels in a battle between environmental interest groups.

The conflict came to a head in January, when a California judge ordered a Sunnyvale couple to cut down or drastically reduce the size of their backyard redwood trees, which were partially shading a neighbor’s rooftop solar panels.
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With soaring food prices devouring ever-increasing amounts of consumers’ disposable income, the nation’s infatuation with biofuels, particularly corn-based ethanol, is rapidly going sour.
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Purchasers of hybrid vehicles, which are subsidized by the federal government and championed by environmental activists as a way to reduce gasoline consumption, are trading in their vehicles because of health fears concerning electromagnetic fields created by the hybrid batteries.
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