Schweitzer talks about future plans
After serving as Montana's Governor for the past 8 years, Brian Schweitzer is wrapping up his final days in office.
With recent speculation about his future in politics, the focus is on what his next move will be. In a recent recording of the Dunwell Report, Schweitzer revealed, for the first time, his plan to pursue energy independence once he is out of office.
As Brian Schweitzer's final term as Montana's Governor comes to an end, it seems the question on many people's minds is what will he do next? Even though he still has a few more weeks in office, Schweitzer is already focused on his next undertaking, bringing energy independence to the United States. He says it's time to put an end to what he calls "oil-well wars."
Schweitzer says, "Having been to 4 dozen funerals for men of Montana who effectively fought an oil-well war to protect profits for multinational oil companies and petro-dictators, I want it to stop, I don't want another generation to fight an oil war."
Schweitzer says he has a plan that would make America completely energy independent, in less than 10 years. He says he wants to target the 1,600,000,000 barrels that are imported from other countries, including the Middle East.
Schweitzer says, "I would put a $20 tariff on all of that imported oil that would generate 32 billion per year for a 10 year period, 320 billion."
With the revenue, Schweitzer says he would give a $5,000 tax credit to anyone who buys a car that runs on natural gas or electricity, and a $10,000 tax credit for any large truck that does the same.
Schweitzer says, "If we did this, we could convert 40% of our automobile fleet in a 10 year period to domestic energy. It would be the greatest boom to our economy in decades."
Schweitzer says he believes most Americans will support his plan. He says only lobbyists protecting special interest groups stand in his way.
Schweitzer says, "There are plenty of domestic producers of oil and gas that would be all over this and they would support me. The manufacturers, the labor unions who will build these cars and build these pipelines, they are going to support it. So it means 99% of America is gonna be for this plan so I am going to talk to them and the 1% that are fighting it."
But how Schweitzer plans to execute this is still unclear, leaving a lot of questions unanswered. Will the Governor start his own organization to fund his efforts? Or will he run for a national position in 2016 to gain the support of other Democrats? Only time will tell.
Under the plan, Schweitzer says America would see a boost in manufacturing and an increase in domestic energy production.
Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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