Here's the whole press release, since he's running against Jim Inhofe (Please contact Jim Inhofe and help to educate Jim Inhofe on our future energy needs):
Rice signs Pickens Pledge for economic growth and national security
A week after Jim Inhofe said in a debate that the “technology isn't there” to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil by increasing production of alternative energies like wind, solar, and natural gas, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Andrew Rice signed T. Boone Pickens' Energy Independence Pledge.
“Now more than ever, pioneering energy solutions are needed to increase energy independence, strengthen our national security, and create good jobs right here in Oklahoma,” Rice said.
The Pickens Pledge states that an Energy Independence Plan must be enacted within the first 100 days of the new administration, and Rice said Oklahoma will benefit tremendously from such policy.
“Oklahoma is positioned to add 20,000 new jobs in the wind, solar and natural gas sectors,” Rice said. “Breaking our addiction to foreign oil will not only improve our national security, but it will spur tremendous economic growth.”
Rice said Inhofe's comment that alternative energy technology “isn't there yet,” shows he is out of touch and unaware.
“The technology is here and has been here,” Rice said, noting Bergey Wind Power in Norman and Sun City Solar in Tulsa. “But Jim Inhofe hasn't helped those companies grow because he is heavily invested in the energy status quo.”
Jim Inhofe 'Won't Change,' And Its Oklahoma's Loss
Inhofe Received More Oil Money Than Any Member of Congress Not from Texas. As of July 9, 2008, the date of Inhofe's most recent campaign finance filing, Jim Inhofe reported accepting $1,090,023 in contributions from oil and energy PACs since he first ran for Congress in 1986. That's more than any member of Congress other than John Cornyn of Texas.
Inhofe Votes for Billions in Tax Breaks for Big Oil and Works to Thwart the Expansion of Renewable Fuels. In May 2006, Inhofe voted to provide $5 billion in tax breaks to big oil companies over five years. This money could have been used to provide tax cuts to the middle class that were instead eliminated.
Inhofe Blocks Shifting of Tax Incentives to Renewable Energy. Inhofe has recently helped block several bills that would place limits on oil speculation and shift tax incentives from Big Oil to alternative energy.
Inhofe Voted for the Bush/Cheney Energy Bill that Contained $14 Billion in Tax Breaks for Oil and Gas Companies. In 2005, Inhofe voted both for cloture and for final passage of an energy bill that would overhaul the nation's energy policy and provide for approximately $18 billion in energy-related tax incentives.
Inhofe Voted Against Extending Tax Credits for Renewable Energy. In 2008, Inhofe voted against cloture on a bill to extend expiring tax credits and creating new tax incentives for renewable and alternative energy.
Inhofe Voted Against Repealing Tax Breaks to Oil Companies and Directing the Money to Renewable Energy Development. In 2008, Inhofe voted against cloture on a bill that would repeal $17 billion in tax benefits to oil companies and direct the money to renewable energy development.
Inhofe One of Only 12 Senators to Vote Against Extending Renewable Energy Tax Breaks. In 2008, Inhofe was 1 of 12 senators to vote against housing legislation that would provide tax breaks totaling $6 billion for producing energy from wind, sunlight and other renewable sources, including a 1 year extension of the renewable energy production tax credit.
Inhofe Opposed $32.1 Billion Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy. In 2007, Senator Inhofe voted against cloture on an amendment that would establish $32.1 billion of tax incentives for alternative energy sources while imposing taxes on the oil and gas industry.
***Come here and defend yourself, Jim Inhofe Sign the pledge and join this group, Jim Inhofe. Tell us how the number one recipient not from Texas of oil lobby money, Jim Inhofe, is going to reduce our dependency on foreign oil please.
WASHINGTON D.C.; Oct. 10, 2007 - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the independent political voice for the environment, today announced that U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) are the first two members of its 2008 "Dirty Dozen" list. This is the earliest in a campaign cycle LCV has ever named members to the Dirty Dozen.
"America's energy future was a decisive issue in the last election and poll after poll indicates that energy and global warming will be decisive issues in 2008,"LCV President Gene Karpinski said. Senator Inhofe and Representative Knollenberg were named to the Dirty Dozen so early because they are two of the biggest opponents in Congress when it comes to making progress on global warming and clean energy."