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CANDIDATE JIM CRAIG OFFERS SOLUTIONS TO LOWER COST TO FAMILIES AND PROVIDE LONG-TERM ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
“Our families need real leadership in Congress and I pledge to stand up to the Bush administration and the special interests to create real solutions to the energy crisis that will build the economy and provide energy independence”—Jim Craig
(August 1, 2006)— As temperatures soar across the North East, Rep. Jeb Bradley continues to turn his back on New Hampshire families and fails to provide price relief or long term energy solutions. The demand for energy in New England could top out at more than 27,700 megawatts, breaking a record set in July. [Associated Press, 8/1/06] When he is elected to Congress, candidate Jim Craig pledges to work with his colleagues to enact long-term solutions to move towards energy independence and lower costs for families.
“In order to protect New Hampshire’s working families, we must make change in Washington,” Jim said. “It is vital that our government support measures that encourage the purchase and development of hybrid technologies, alternative energy sources and innovative solutions to our energy crisis.” [see attached page for Jim’s solutions for long term energy independence]
As New Hampshire State House Democratic Leader, Jim voted to make an appropriation for emergency home heating assistance. [SB228-FN-A Session Year: 2005 ] “It is important to remember during the summer months that we need to be thinking about home heating costs as well,” said Jim. “Jeb Bradley and George Bush put our families in jeopardy. New Hampshire families cannot afford another season of high cooling costs coupled with high heating costs.”
Jim Craig, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District, is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and his roots in the Granite State stretch for five generations. As a veteran of the US Army, he worked for his law degree with the help from the GI Bill and joined his family's law practice. For over 20 years, he has promoted the health and well-being of families by serving on non-profit community boards. He was elected to the New Hampshire State House in 1998 and now serves as Democratic Leader. While in Concord he led the way in holding a special session last fall to increase LIHEAP funding. Jim Craig continues to monitor that situation and work with Governor Lynch to provide solutions for New Hampshire’s working families.
JIM CRAIG STANDING UP TO SPECIAL INTERESTS, PUTTING FAMILIES FIRST
Energy Consumer Relief for families, small businesses and farmers: Provide relief to families paying skyrocketing energy costs by expanding the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and provide relief to small business.
Creating the Next Generation of Revolutionary Energy Technologies :
Commitment to creating a new initiative to provide seed money for fundamental research needed to develop high-risk, high-reward technologies and build markets for the next generation of revolutionary energy technologies.
Make Hybrids Not Hummers: Increase the federal tax credit for purchase of hybrids and other lean-burn vehicles. Hybrids can often cost $6,000 more than a comparable, non-hybrid vehicle, but current tax incentives only cover a fraction of this cost.
Plug It In: Provide credits toward the installation of hybrid plug-in conversion kits. Plug-in hybrids recharge overnight at a standard electrical outlet, greatly reducing the amount of gasoline these vehicles need.