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Senator Hagan knows that North Carolina can lead the nation in the new energy economy, and she supports a comprehensive approach to meeting the energy challenges of the 21st century. Our current dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels makes our nation less secure and leaves America less competitive in the global marketplace. She is working in Congress to support investments in research and development to build a domestic clean energy economy that will support good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced.

As a State Senator, Hagan led efforts to place North Carolina at the forefront of energy independence and sustainability by requiring local utilities to produce electricity using renewable resources. Senator Hagan was a proponent of cutting-edge energy research and development throughout the University of North Carolina system, which has enabled North Carolina companies to compete globally while creating high-skill manufacturing jobs throughout the state.

Recognizing North Carolina's agricultural roots, Senator Hagan is committed to identifying new opportunities for North Carolina farmers to participate in the clean energy economy through investments in next-generation biofuels and biomass power. She successfully pushed the Administration to approve a new advanced biofuel crop – a move that will create new opportunities for farmers and allow North Carolina companies to produce next-generation biofuels, create jobs and diversify our country’s fuel supply.

Senator Hagan strongly supports Defense Department efforts to reduce the military’s reliance on foreign fuel. She included a bipartisan amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act to allow the Navy to proceed with a public-private partnership that helps create refineries needed to produce advanced biofuels for the military. 

As we develop new energy technologies, Senator Hagan believes we must invest in responsible domestic production of oil and gas, and the Senator has advocated for the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline to help create American jobs and support American energy security.

Our nation’s energy independence and national security are inextricably linked, and Senator Hagan believes it is essential that we move aggressively to create sustainable energy solutions for the 21st century and beyond.



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