We’re fortunate in Indiana to have natural resources that permit us to take advantage of alternative energy sources. Obviously, this helps us protect the environment.
One of the additional benefits, which we often fail to focus on, is the economic impact of such work. Using wind as an example, the installation of wind turbines creates jobs in research, design, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, installation, and maintenance, among others. Those workers contribute to our economy, as well as our local and State revenue bases.
Again using the example of wind, our wind farms are located near one of our outstanding public universities. By investing in educational fields to prepare workers for some of these jobs, we’ll only add to the economic benefits that come from work in these fields.
One of the common concerns when discussing any such investment is always the initial cost. We often get paralyzed by fear when considering only that initial outlay. We need to start thinking and planning prospectively, and considering the benefits that will come from such an investment. As your Representative, I will provide a new, prospective view for the people of District 93 and our State.