Republican United States Senate candidate Deb Fischer has outlined an energy plan and taken a slap at maneuvers in the Democratic primary to clear the way for Bob Kerrey to be the party’s nominee.
Fischer, in a news conference in the Capitol rotunda, called for reduced federal regulations, increased domestic oil production, expanded nuclear and coal power, and extended reliance on alternative fuels. Fischer said the Environmental Regulation Agency has over-stepped its authority and must be reined in by Congress so it follows legislative intent.
“That’s what’s important here. The legislature, or the U.S. Senate which is the legislature, has the power to make law. We shouldn’t be turning that over to agencies and have them, in effect, making laws or rules and regulations that don’t follow legislative intent,” according to Fischer.
Fischer says that any regulation with significant economic impact should receive Congressional approval.
Fischer says the United States must encourage increased drilling for oil as well as the development of oil shale. She supports approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The energy proposal outlined by Fischer also would expand nuclear power, clean coal technology and alternative fuels, such as solar and ethanol.
After speaking on energy, Fischer was asked what her reaction was to the announcement that Democrat Chuck Hassebrook has decided to end his campaign and concede the Democratic nomination for United States Senate to Bob Kerrey.
“My reaction is, this is Nebraska, it’s not Let’s Make a Deal,” Fischer said. “I think we need to be honest with Nebraskans. We need to be straight-forward with them. If you truly want to serve the people of this state, you file for office.”
Fischer also criticized Kerrey for apparently making a deal with Senate leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, to respect his prior service in the United Senate if he should win election in November.
AUDIO: US Senate candidate Deb Fischer outlines her energy plan [2:30]