Several local environmental groups are calling on Congress to set the country on the road to energy independence, while protecting the country's natural areas. Guests Darden Rice of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, Daphne Sorenson of the Florida Public Interest Research Group, and Niki Blair of the local office of the National Environmental Trust were the guests. They said the U.S. should have policies requiring greater automobile/truck fuel efficiency standards, greater investment in green energy sources (such as solar and wind), and fewer subsidies for non-renewable energy sources. They say these sources (oil, nuclear and coal) will receive 62 billion dollars in subsidies over the next 10 years if the House has its way. They say energy independence will reduce military costs and is a matter of national security.

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