“It’s time to get past the partisan battle lines on climate change. Everyone has something to contribute as we work to slow the damage to our climate caused by the burning of fossil fuels.”
SUMMARY OF STANCE
The greatest challenge of our generation is the impact of climate change, and consequently we must also look beyond dirty fuels of the past to meet our energy needs. For example, investing in wind, solar, and geothermal power, coupled with changes in our transportation sector, will help decrease our reliance on foreign oil and ensure that the United States becomes the leader in the global race to reduce the impacts of climate change and create clean energy jobs and technologies.
RELATED LEGISLATION AND ACTIONS
I introduced a bipartisan bill, H.R. 6059, the “Transparency in Energy Production Act,” to increase transparency in the use of public lands. Americans can now go online to find out the carbon emissions of federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, but one of the largest sources of emissions from federal activities—the carbon emissions from fossil fuels originating on our U.S. public lands—is not disclosed. My bill would rectify this by requiring the Department of Interior to measure and disclose all greenhouse gas emissions from energy development on U.S. public lands. Disclosure of this information will help us understand and manage the impacts of climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
I also introduced H.R. 4389, a bill that would increase the royalty rate companies would pay for onshore oil and gas development on public lands. This would mean more money for American taxpayers and incentivize alternative energy development.
To deal with the waste of methane gas on public lands, I introduced H.R. 3289, the “Natural Gas Environmental and Economic Security Act.” This bill would charge a royalty on any climate-damaging methane gas that is leaked, vented, or flared during fossil fuel operations on U.S. public lands. This would incentivize developers to minimize unnecessary waste and protect our environment, while making sure that the American taxpayer is compensated for development activities on public lands.
CAUCUSES OR MEMBERSHIPS RELATED TO ISSUE:Safe Climate Caucus
I am proud to be a Co-Chair of the Safe Climate Caucus which has a mission to raise awareness in Congress and with the public about the many ways climate change is affecting the societies and ecosystems we hold dear, and what we can do about it. Congress needs to act to reduce emissions, encourage new innovation for clean energy, and increase the resilience of our communities.
Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition
I serve as the Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC) which was founded in January 2009 to be a focused, active, and effective advocate for policies for clean energy innovation and job creation, environmental protection, and policies that will address global climate change. The SEEC also works to advance polices to help arrest global warming and protect our nation’s clean air, water and natural environment.
Climate Solutions Caucus
I am Vice-Chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus, founded in 2016, as a bipartisan group in the US House of Representatives which will explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.
House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
The House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus is a bipartisan caucus that serves to provide basic, nonpartisan information to Members and their staff on energy-related issues. The caucus does not advocate for particular technologies or approaches.
For more information concerning my work and views on climate change, please contact me.
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