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Colorado Congressman Tipton introduces comprehensive energy bill

Janelle O'Dea

— U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colorado, reintroduced his Planning for American Energy Act this week and hopes the Republican lean in the Senate will work in his favor.

"We haven't had a Senate that would be willing to take it yet but we do now," Tipton said to the Daily Press. "I hope it will be a real commitment to creating American energy."

The plan asks the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to coordinate with the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to develop a 30-year American energy plan.

The legislation directs the secretaries to use information obtained by the Energy Information Administration to develop the plan and project America's future energy needs. The non-partisan energy administration gathers, visualizes and analyzes government data about energy.

Tipton's legislation requires that the plan include oil, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil shale and minerals needed for energy development.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, at President Barack Obama's direction, asks power plants to become more efficient and cut carbon emissions.

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Although the EPA has not reviewed Tipton's legislation yet, Region 8 spokesman Rich Mylott said coal production and cutting carbon emissions can happen at the same time.

"Coal has been a leading source of energy in the U.S., and will remain so under EPA's (proposed) plan," Mylott said.

Tipton said his bill, while encouraging all types of domestic energy production, would not violate any federal environmental standards.

"If anybody will responsibly develop resources, America will," Tipton said.

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said he hopes the bill will allow for more oil and gas development on federal land because it's "at a standstill" right now.

"If we could have both private and public land being used for energy development, we would have an economic renaissance not only in Moffat County but in the U.S., and everyone would benefit from that," Kinkaid said.

Tipton said his goal is to create American jobs and secure America's energy future.

"It will create American jobs on American soil and put Americans back to work," Tipton said. "It will make energy affordable for families still struggling (from the recession)."

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or jodea@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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