Lake County News: Bipartisan members of Congress champion geothermal energy with letter to 'super committee'

On Thursday, six Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter authored by Congressmen Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) and John Garamendi (D-Fairfield) to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, commonly referred to as the “Super Committee,” urging them to “maintain the current revenue sharing for counties as it pertains to geothermal receipts.”

"The geothermal energy produced in California’s counties is not only good for our environment, it reduces our dependence on foreign oil and helps our economy by spurring green job creation," said Thompson, who represents Lake County in the US House of Representatives.

"The best way to reduce the deficit is by creating jobs because more jobs means greater revenues and less need for government assistance,” he added. “If a community invests in developing geothermal energy they deserve to get their fair share in returns. I am strongly against cutting counties’ share of geothermal revenue because that means cutting jobs, crippling future green job growth, and stifling our economic recovery – all of which will only make our deficit larger."

Members joining in the call to preserve geothermal energy revenue sharing include Representatives Mark Amodei (R-Carson City, NV), Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma), Shelley Berkley (D-Las Vegas), and Bob Filner (D-San Diego). The Representatives joined in the call to promote energy independence and preserve this vital source of revenue for the counties that produce geothermal energy.

"Geothermal energy is a crucial clean resource for creating jobs and securing our energy independence,” said Garamendi. “It is in our economic and national security interests to make our energy in America, which is why it’s critical for the federal government to continue cultivating an environment for geothermal development."

Garamendi continued, "Communities that bear the burden of geothermal development deserve a fair share of its revenue. I strongly oppose any attempt to deprive these counties of funds for essential local services, including education and public safety."

"Geothermal royalties are extremely important to Lake County and it is absolutely essential that the federal government continue allocating a portion of these revenues to counties in order to help mitigate the local impacts of geothermal development," said Lake County Administrative Officer Kelly Cox."Congressman Thompson's leadership on this issue has been outstanding," Cox continued. "He and Congressman Garamendi completely understand why it would be wrong to take these revenues away from counties. Their continuing efforts to protect our community's interests are very much appreciated." ...

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