U.S. Congressman John Shimkus believes the best way for the United States to deal with its growing power needs is to utilize Illinois coal and natural gas, and also work on bringing in more oil from Canada. The Collinsville Republican spent some time in the province of Alberta last week and is convinced the process of piping the oil in from Canada is the best way to fill our needs for liquid fuel.
Shimkus says wind and solar power are "cute," but cannot effectively produce the power needed across the majority of the country:
Shimkus says the Keystone Pipeline project to Illinois is one of the main reasons for the large expansion at the ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery, and now other parts of the country would like to see a similar pipeline to their refineries. The congressman is hopeful a deal can be reached in Congress to approve the new projects soon.