Rep. Burley to Boost Biofuels Industry

The following is from Rep. Burley’s Press Release:

Supports Passage of Legislation to Promote Alternative Energy Development

SALEM- Rep. Chuck Burley (R-Bend) today supported passage of House Bill 2210, the legislation to promote private development of alternative energies in Oregon . Rep. Burley has actively participated in the bi-partisan discussions that produced the package, also known as the “biofuels bill.”

“This legislation will help grow Oregon ‘s emerging biofuels industry, and help expand markets for our forest and agricultural industries,” Rep. Burley said. “The ultimate benefit is that HB 2210 will benefit Oregon ‘s economy and create new family-wage jobs.”

HB 2210 provides income, corporate and property tax credits for agricultural producers of biofuel materials, such as oil seed, grass straw and certain grain crops and wood products. It also provides tax incentives for consumers who use these fuels in alternative fuel vehicles.

“The goal of this package is to provide assistance to jumpstart this important emerging industry,” Rep. Burley said. “A nearly identical package had broad bi-partisan support in 2005, and this new legislation shares in that spirit of working across the aisle.”

“Cleaner forms of energy are essential to reducing our dependence on foreign oil. By passing this bill, we in the state of Oregon have one more tool in our toolbox to achieve this goal.”

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  • Steven Plunk

    Rep. Burley,

    This is a piece of the solution to our energy problems. It is now time to work on the other pieces and get a comprehensive plan together. Expanded drilling, oil shale, nuclear energy, more refineries, and conservation are all needed if we expect success.

    As a Republican these solutions should come without raising taxes or creating hardships for the businesses that are the backbone of Oregon’s economy. It’s a tough task but one all elected representatives chose.

  • eagle eye

    Oh, great, more subsidies for the fantasy of biofuels. The state of Oregon is going to use tax handouts to solve the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. We must be rolling in money. Why don’t they fix the roads and run decent schools?

    This guy calls himself a Republican! Chuck, Ted, what’s the difference?

  • homerf12

    Out of all the alternative fuels, why is this one the one to hunt? Want to make sure were not on a wild rabbit trail.

  • I own a Burley coat. I wear it on cold days. Overall, I like burley.

    But wasting time on energy alternatives is simply that…wasting time. I want my government to bring me the best at the lowest cost. And among the responsibilities you have as a legislator is bringing the unemployed the opportunity to work. Through lower taxes, lower energy costs, cheaper resources.

    I do not want your vision of Utopia. I want Oregonians with dignity.

    Representative Burley, you work on lower tax rates, lowering housing costs, energy costs, development costs, and I’ll begin to think you’re a Republican. We don’t need another hero. We don’t need another Utopian.

  • Mark

    I believe that the prusuit of Bio-fuels have some merit but since most if the energy used in this region is created by Water, “a renewalble resource” and allowing as we are such small players in the bigger picture of total fuel use, that I think there are more “less” evpensive alternatives available. Oergonians comsume such a small precent of the total fuels used in the US it is like a mist on your face, not even a droplet. The unintended consequence is that by diverting crop land to bio Fuel crop production will lead to higher food cost across the US, in every household, is the trade off worth the consequense?? With the switch to Nuclear generation for electricty in the midwest and east we could drop domestic oil consumption in the US by as much as 40%, isn’t that a much more cost effective approch, than dirvirting crop land to fuel producting crops and causng higher food cost and possible shortages of food in the future?? Let us continue to look for alternatives but we should not pass on the know answers because a New trendy idea is the most popular but least likely to provide REAL results.

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