ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Energy Independence

Our fossil fuel habit drains the economy, distorts our foreign policy, fouls the air and aggravates global warming.  

Let's face it, we live in a nation addicted to oil, and we simply can't afford it anymore.  It's too expensive for the American pocketbook; it's too adverse to American security, and too perilous to the Earth's atmosphere. But the key to any and every part of the energy solution lies here in the Congress in its political will to change what we can change for the good of the American people and the Earth.

I am an advocate of bold energy legislation that strikes a balance of support for alternative energy production and conservation.  That is why I have used my senior position on the Ways and Means Committee to promote tax incentives for clean and renewable energy, conservation and efficiency.

    • • The federal government should be able to provide the financing and backing to make it possible for local and state governments to be creative with alternative energy proposals.
      • Federal legislation should provide public power with the financial tools to make smart investments in renewable technologies like wind and solar and more.
      • We should work to extend the investment tax credit to promote solar energy production.
      • We should continue to move America toward using advanced biofuels with even lower carbon footprints.
      • Federal government policy and tax codes should be used to support mass transit.
    I was an enthusiastic supporter of The Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 (HR 6049).  The Renewable Energy Act is a blueprint for American energy policy in the 21st century.

    It is a plan that produced significant new energy resources for the American people --- without threatening the fragile Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, without going hat in hand to OPEC who could care less about helping America. The Energy Act of 2008 uses the tax code to promote the development of wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and other clean and renewable energy resources.  

    There was a time not long ago when America led the world in alternative energy technology.  The passage of the Renewable Energy act of 2008 put America back on the path toward regaining our leadership on clean and renewable energy resources.  With it, we can end our addiction to oil, and make good on our promise to the American people to chart a new course toward energy independence.