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Governor Barbour says state can lead nation in energy policy

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By Ashley Conroy

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour spoke at the Mississippi Energy Policy Institute conference on Tuesday at the Jackson Convention Complex.

A room full of leaders and policy makers listened to the Governor discuss Mississippi's future as a renewable energy state.

Barbour also criticized the Obama administration's policy saying it's too expensive for Americans.

"This policy is more expensive energy, which means people use less energy, if you use less energy, it means you'll have less pollution," said Governor Barbour.

Instead Barbour says energy can be more affordable by improving production on U.S. soil.

"If we have more production that will have a positive effect on price it will bring prices down because the more oil there is on the market the lower the price," said Barbour.

Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant also spoke at the energy policy conference and says renewable energy and conservation will lead to jobs for Mississippians.

"There is no better industry to create jobs than energy cause it is not only a direct job, but those that are created because of the ability to provide energy," said Lt. Governor Phil Bryant.

To push Mississippi's energy policy forward, the House and Senate both passed legislation (SB 2723 and HB 1093). The legislation will reduce the state's carbon foot-print by capturing carbon dioxide and storing it underground, a process known as carbon sequestration.

"We're going to be trend setters, way out in front with that legislation which will be positive impact really throughout the country will be looking at what we've done," said MEPI Chairman Barry Cannada.

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