Domina shares thoughts on energy needs, explains objective for EPA Rule

RRN/Dave Domina

Dave Domina is the Democratic Candidate challenging Republican Ben Sasse for the U.S. Senate seat. Domina says he got the idea to run during the government shutdown.

"Well I decided that when the government was closed down last fall, that probably most Nebraskans didn't think that a U.S. Senator's oath to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution and laws of the United States, were advanced by closing the government down. I then could also tell there was a high likelihood that my opponent would be somebody who wanted to privatize and cut social security. And my opponent does make Medicare a voucher system, another one of his plans."

Domina is deeply involved in the Keystone XL Pipeline, representing some landowners who oppose it.

Domina recently shared his thoughts on the nation's energy needs. He feels it's important to pivot away from fossil fuels.

"Three thoughts really. First of all, I do think we have to pivot away from fossil fuels as we can. I would redirect all of the subsidy money that so long has gone to fossil fuels over to efforts to expand our supply of renewable energy."

Domina says federal subsidies are needed to develop solar energy, adding that wind energy needs a boost without tax credits.

The Obama Administration and the EPA recently unveiled their plans regarding coal power plant emissions. Domina says the objective for the EPA rule is to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

"The objective here with the EPA Rule, which is long and complicated, 651 pages I think as they published it. But much of it very technical, very scientific. The policy aspects are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making a pretty strong effort at cleaning up coal."

Domina says much of the emphasis will need to be on improving those plants as they age out, replacing old plants, and seriously considering where to deploy huge new capital investments.

Often times there are differences or conflicts between federal and state laws. Domina says this is no exception when it comes to marijuana.

"Historically of course the states define drug crimes. The federal government defines drug crimes when they involve interstate traffic. Colorado recently legalized marijuana in a citizen initiative. And what happened in Colorado is that none of the rest of the legal structure in the state was ready for that."

Domina says there's no way to test a driver for being under the influence of marijuana, and there's no answer under Colorado law for how to handle employment testing with marijuana now being legal.

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