Legislators Lobbied on Alternative Energy

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When packets of data and graphs don't do the trick, coffee, quiche and heart-shaped cookies can certainly lure the attention of Idaho legislators. Alternative energy activists set up what they called an energy cafe as a centerpiece for the third annual Citizen Energy Lobby day.

"We've seen about 70 legislators so far. That's up from about 30 last year," said Larry Hyatt, a member of the Idaho Energy Collaborative. "The knowledge base of our legislators is much, much higher than last year. We've seen a significant change."

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Gooding Democrat Donna Pence agreed, saying energy is a big issue and a way the state can replenish its coffers.

"Our resources—our wind resources, our geothermal, wind and water—are there. We need to utilize them but we need to utilize them effectively and efficiently so we don't destroy them," said Pence.

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