Brownback Talks Elections, Energy

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A Kansas Senator says the cost of energy promises to be a big debate in Washington, D.C.

Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, appeared on Fox News Friday night to talk about the Presidential election. Afterward, he visited with 13 News, where he said the cost of energy will be a central discussion in Congress.

Brownback says energy policy is a matter of balancing three "e's" -- energy, economy and ecology. He says he believes the U.S. need to explore more domestic drilling. He says it can be done in an environmentally responsible way. He also says exploring new sources of energy could be key, especially to the Kansas economy.

However, Brownback says no option should be taken off the table. Asked how that relates to the Kansas debate over coal-fired power plants, Brownback says the nation is following the discussion. He says he believes the key is that new coal plants are cleaner and more efficient than those currently in operation. He says we can't back away from coal entirely, even if we might want to. He says he supports setting carbon emissions levels and taxing anything above the set level.

On the Presidential front, Brownback is supporting fellow Republican Sen. John McCain. Brownback says a look at McCain's record proves he can create change, as opposed to Sen. Barack Obama merely saying it.


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