Wednesday, January 31, 2007

John Cox's Energy Plan

Candidate for the Republican nomination John Cox yesterday released his Energy Plan, outlining energy independance for the United States by 2025.

Press release from Cox 2008.

The five-point plan outlines ways in which America can wean itself off foreign sources of energy.

"We cannot continue to send money overseas, funding our enemies and increasing the chances that they will use that money to finance terrorism against us," he said. "Ensuring safe, clean domestically produced sources of energy is a national security issue as much as it is an energy issue. We must begin now to encourage the free market to develop solutions that government has thus far been unable to provide."

1. More Domestic Exploration - "As a first step, we must drill for more oil in Alaska. We must explore the ANWR region, and do it in an environmentally safe way. Expanded capacity is vital for our nation's energy needs."

2. Energy Diversity - "We have become addicts to oil. That must end. Nuclear and clean coal technologies offer huge benefits. Among them are dramatic lessening of our dependence on foreign or even domestic oil. The key to energy independence is diversification of the resources we use."

3. Long-Term Solutions - "Wind, solar and other sources of energy can be exploited far more than they have up until now. Renewable energy sources such as these hold the promise of complete independence from fossil fuels. The free market is capable of creating cleaner burning gasoline engines, electric and hydrogen powered cars and other technologies we haven't even dreamed of. As president, I would use the Bully Pulpit to encourage growth and innovation in the energy sector."

4. End All Subsidies for Big Oil - "We must make the playing field level. Giving subsidies to oil companies requires US to give subsidies to other energy sectors. Ethanol producers require subsidies to keep up with oil companies. Then, oil companies require more subsidies. Subsidies create campaign contributions for politicians, but they interfere with the free market, where most of the energy innovations will come from in the coming decades."

5. End The IRS - "While seemingly unrelated to energy, our current tax system actually stifles competition, sucking capital out of the economy and slowing development of new technologies. Replacing the IRS with a FairTax that taxes consumption, not capital, would put billions back into the economy and allow investment in renewable energy and new, more efficient technologies that could save billions in energy costs each year."

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Address Economic Hope in Iraq - Cox

Responding to President Bush's State of the Union address last night, John Cox said that it was disappointing that Democrats could not bring themselves to support the escalation plan to secure victory.

But he said Bush did not address the need for economic hope and opportunity in Iraq.

Iraqi citizens should be put back to work, he said, and American troops should be redeployed to protect oil infrastructure which is vital for their reemergence as a nation.

Cox applauded the Bush plan on energy, saying America must cure its addiction to foreign oil, and must invest in alternative energies like ethanol and wind.

Supporting the ethanol industry will certainly not hurt his chances in the Iowa primary, so expect some more comments from Cox on the energy debate.

John Cox Visits New Hampshire

John Cox is visiting New Hampshire again in his quest to gain momentum in one of the crucial early states. This is Cox's 10th visit to New Hampshire, making him one of the leaders in GOP candidates to that state.

Yesterday he called on the Mayor of Manchester, followed by a visit to Thomas More college to talk with the students.

Today he will speak to students at the Colby-Sawyer College in New London, with a meet and greet at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester at 4pm.

According to the Cox Schedule, he plans to be back in New Hampshire 1-3 February and again in the last week of that month. During February he will also be heading to South Carolina twice.

Monday, January 15, 2007

John Cox is running for President

John Cox, businessman and radio host from Illinois is running to try to secure the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

Cox was the first Republican to declare a run, in March of 2006.

Cox has made regular visits to Iowa and claims to have been to all 99 counties, as well as having been to New Hampshire numerous times.

John Cox is socially conservative and might appeal to that section of the GOP.

However, having never been elected to office, and up against high profile candidates like John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, John Cox's chances at this stage are considered to be slight.

John Cox considers that he is "the only real conservative running for President"