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Rep. Shelley Berkley
Rep. Shelley Berkley

AIR DATE: March 25, 2011

A U.S. led coalition carried out air strikes over Libya last week. Meanwhile the earthquake in Japan has prompted lawmakers in The United State to take a look at nuclear safety in this county and it's even started whispers of how Yucca Mountain could factor into that conversation. It's also the one year anniversary of President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. And on top of all that, congress is still fighting over how to trim the federal budget. Congresswoman, Shelly Berkley joins us to talk about those issues.
Rep. Shelley Berkley, Nevada's first congressional district
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    Renewable energy is now not 10 years from now. My company Solar Millennium has over 2,000 MW under development, the size of the Hoover Dam. The industry has a whole is in a postion in the next 3-5 years to build over 6,000 MW, equivalent to 6 nuclear plants, just in California and Nevada alone. The key to a transition to energy independence using clean, sustainable energy is staying the course with the current federal and state policies supporting renewable energy and not pulling the rug from under the industry as was done several times in the past, reverting back to ever increasing oil imports and heavier and heavier reliance on carbon.
    Don ReidMar 23, 2011 09:51:56 AM
    Build a whole industry in Nevada? Whose money are you planning to use.? If it is so good, then Nevada should be funding it, just like you want to preach to others. If you don't want to use foreign oil, are you willing to put a $5 a barrel tax on all imported oil to fund the development? Are you willing to allow oil drilling both in the gulf, off the coast, where the oil is for a 10 year period to get renewable off the ground. If you would stop pontificating and start doing something (where is your legislation....bills you have introduced), then you might be a little more believable.
    KirkMar 23, 2011 09:23:53 AM
    why do we need to just focus on sources of energy ? Why is there not more r&d in how to develop more effecient items that USE energy ? its not going to take very long to change over to solar if everyone participated.
    Maria HuffMar 23, 2011 09:23:13 AM
    I think you are doing a fine job with one exception. The West Bank settlements are illegal under international law. However, you continue to support them. It is not helpful for you to do this, as it undermines the President. If you intend to be taken seriously as a senate candidate, don't you think a more objective approach to the Palestinian homeland issue is appropriate?
    Michael LongMar 23, 2011 08:25:50 AM
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