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house Bill H.R. 5803

Making an Energy Plan for American Territories Outside of the Continental U.S.

Argument in favor

Will help wean U.S. territories off of foreign oil and establish a self-reliance on local resources.

Brendan's Opinion
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03/27/2016
Shipping fossil fuels to remote islands is really expensive. It makes long-term sense to invest now in renewable energy sources that will diminish the need for future energy shipments.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. should reduce its own foreign oil dependence before it tackles the energy problems of the Freely Associated States.

Darius's Opinion
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01/29/2016
As it stands, the continental US is not exactly an shining example of being dependent on our own local resources for energy so, before we regulate the freely associated states, we should fix our own reliance on foreign oil.
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    Less foreign oil dependence
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    As it stands, the continental US is not exactly an shining example of being dependent on our own local resources for energy so, before we regulate the freely associated states, we should fix our own reliance on foreign oil.
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    Shipping fossil fuels to remote islands is really expensive. It makes long-term sense to invest now in renewable energy sources that will diminish the need for future energy shipments.
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    Solar and wind is really feasible in sunny territories which most are quite sunny since they are islands in tropical places. American Samoa has had good success with solar farms. This is an opportunity for the territories to pioneer the way for the continental US. Does it seem like the US is using the territories as test sites for new technology? Yup, wouldn't be the first time. Thankfully sustainable energy is better for the environment than nuclear test sites.
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