Congressman Ricahrd W. Pombo (R-Tracy) brought together the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and local community business leaders to a roundtable discussion focused on regional production of renewable energy. The emphasis to fast track product of renewable energy serves to spark local job growth and develop regional energy resources.
"Our national economic security depends upon affordable energy here at home," said Congressman Pombo. "The Central Valley can be the generator for America's renewable energy production, from solar to biodiesel; we must diversify our energy resources. We must capture our local resources to produce not only our energy, but spur new job growth and technologies."
"A sound energy policy is vital to a growing economy," said U.S. Secretary Gutierrez. We need more diverse energy sources and less dependence on foreign sources of oil, so I thank Chairman Pombo for his leadership in diversifying our sources of energy," said Secretary Gutierrez. "President Bush has a four-point plan to make sure that the American people have enough energy to keep our economy going, including investing in alternatives to oil. I am happy to be here in Californa today to hear more from these local business leaders about their great work on this issue, and I thank Chairman Pombo for inviting me."
The Oakland Export Assistance Center assisted Congressman Pombo's office in hosting Secretary Gutierrez. Director Rod Hirsch and Trade Specialist Cindy Ma participated in the event, along with several of their renewable energy clients, such as RCM Biothane.