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June 3, 2014

Brown touts energy policy in Windham

GOP Senate hopeful deflects questions on Florida firm

WINDHAM — U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown tried to pump up enthusiasm for his energy policy yesterday.

The Republican took to the stump at the gas pumps at the Waterhouse Country Store.

Brown, launching his “Making Energy Affordable Tour” at the Mammoth Road store, said he would help rein in soaring prices at the pump and put the country on the right track.

“It’s obviously affecting everyone,” he said.

But first, Brown has to win the GOP nomination this fall. Although he’s widely considered the Republican front-runner, he has to beat former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative Karen Testerman.

If he’s successful in the primary, he would face Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in the general election.

The former Massachusetts senator said the nation needs a federal energy policy that increases supplies while cutting consumer costs. His plan calls for providing more clean natural gas, increasing use of biofuels and renewable energy, and promoting safe nuclear energy.

He also proposes bolstering domestic production of energy and giving Congress more authority in monitoring the Environmental Protection Agency.

Brown also used the Windham visit as an opportunity to criticize Shaheen and what he called her “national energy tax.”

He took Shaheen to task for her support of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act, which he said will lead to higher medical costs for the American public.

“Sen. Shaheen is a nice person,” he said, “but she votes with the president 95 percent to 100 percent of the time.”

He said her support of an amendment to carbon emissions legislation would lead to thousands of job losses and raise gas prices by up to 20 cents a gallon.

Brown said consumers are tired of rising fuel costs, especially as summer approaches and prices tend to rise. That’s after the prices hikes New Hampshire residents had to foot this winter, he said.

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