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Hill party line in D.C., but not here


Georgetown, Ind.

Baron Hill, Ninth District congressman from Indiana, was one of two Indiana representatives to vote in favor of the bloated, 1,201-page colossus "largest tax increase in history," the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

But at home? I recently asked Baron Hill's representative, Adam Dickey, if Rep. Hill is supporting Liberty Green Renewables LLC's 28-megawatt woody biomass-to-electricity plant just outside the impoverished small town of Milltown, Ind., in nearby Crawford County. The plant would bring 40 to 50 badly-needed, high-paying "green" jobs to this small Indiana town that has lost all of its major employers. Adam Dickey told me that Congressman Hill had not and would not be taking a position for or against the plant.

I find it interesting and distressing that Baron Hill can support a bill that will change the economy of our nation for the coming century, but he cannot take a stand one way or the other in his own district. Could it be that some very misguided, but vocal residents of the Milltown area who oppose the green energy plant would cost Baron Hill some votes in the 2010 election?

Congressman Hill, if you are willing to vote for a huge tax increase for all of us, and to vote for a bill that you did not read, then why can you not take a stand for green energy in your own district?

Editor's note: Hill has issued the following statement regarding the plant: "Having had an opportunity to review this project, I believe that the regulation and use of the property along with any subsequent plant operation is a local matter to be regulated by county government and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in association with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

Kelly Roggenkamp
July 07, 2009


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