|Zoe knows that when it comes to energy policy, it is time to move away from the failed policies of the past to a new direction where protecting the environment and powering our society spur new U.S. industries that grow our economy. With an ever growing demand for energy in our modern industrialized era, she believes America needs to lead the world in the development of new, clean and sustainable power sources.
As a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Zoe is working to put our country on a path to energy independence. She is a strong advocate for long-term policies that invest in energy efficiency, clean renewable energy, and research into the next generation of innovative power source technologies.
Reducing our Oil Dependence
With only 3% of the known global oil reserves, the United States cannot become energy independent or affect the price of oil simply through oil drilling alone. New policies are needed because our oil dependency drains money from our economy that could be better used to grow American prosperity. Our oil dependency also undermines our national security and worsens the threat of climate change.
That's why Zoe has supported efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase efficiency standards for cars, trucks, and buildings. By increasing efficiency, we can reduce overall consumption and slow emissions that lead to climate change.
Promoting Clean American Energy
Zoe knows that if done right, we can achieve U.S. energy independence, lower energy prices, protect the environment and grow industries that create new jobs here at home. She has been a strong supporter of investing in new and innovative approaches, including clean solar, wind, wave, and fuel cell energy sources.
California has been a leader in pioneering green energy production, and these industry jobs are among the fastest growing sector in our economy. By supporting innovation in clean energy and efficiency technologies, we can boost our economy, bring relief to Americans hit with rising energy prices, and help our environment.
Investing in New Energy Research & Development
Zoe believes that American ingenuity and innovation can lead us down a new energy path. Just as our country pioneered power sources such as steam, electricity, and nuclear power, our most talented scientific minds are today researching the next generation of energy breakthroughs. One such area of cutting edge U.S. scientific research is the National Ignition Facility's (NIF) fusion experiments at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Unlike current nuclear-fission power, which produces radioactive waste, fusion would harness the same reaction that creates the Sun's power. If scientists succeed in triggering a safe fusion reaction, fusion may someday provide a new clean power source that could end our dependency on fossil-based power sources. While this research is aimed at the long term, success would provide limitless, nonpolluting energy that would protect the environment.