Getting climate, energy & environment news right.

Conservatives have been vocal about our climate for years. Those voices won’t be ignored any longer.

“We’re not saying that climate change is not real. It is real. It’s how do you have that balance between making sure you’ve got jobs and businesses moving and then also making sure you protect your climate. The answer’s in the middle.”

“Climate change is not the hoax that some claim it is. But to the extent that it’s a crisis, people like Mr. Sanders, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Warren want to use it as an excuse to radically transform the American economy and political system along lines that have less to do with climate change and much to do with their ideological animosity to the status quo.”

“While big-government proposals and economic takeovers often dominate the headlines, the truth is that any consequential plan to address climate change must include a strong commitment to innovation-based policy and global deployment.”

“What countries have to do is that they have to satisfy three Es: they have to satisfy economic growth, they have to satisfy environmental sustainability and that is done through energy use.”

“Time-tested conservative principles like promoting innovation, empowering entrepreneurs, and lowering regulatory barriers are the best ways to deploy new technologies that will create a healthy natural and economic environment. These principles, not top-down and heavy-handed government intervention, unleashed the fracking revolution that dramatically cut emissions in my home state of Pennsylvania and the entire country.”

“Climate change is real, and we need to address it. The question is, how do we do that? I think we should support all ways of decreasing emissions, from traditional renewables to cleaned-up fossil fuels to nuclear to innovative new tech like carbon capture.”

“Climate change is causing real problems. Real problems deserve real solutions. Many of the proposed ‘fixes’ for climate change are unrealistic & dangerous.”

“One of the things I told the president when he asked me about my position on climate is I said it doesn’t matter. People want us to deal with it. The question is: Do we deal with it on our terms or walk away from it?”

“I don’t think it’s the mandates and the subsidies that will drive this growth moving forward. What drove these trends is market innovations and competition for energy consumers. We have a market out there where people want affordable, reliable energy. They want clean energy.”

“America has always been a leader in developing cutting-edge technologies and pushing the limits of our imagination. It only makes sense to apply that same approach and dedication to reducing global emissions and creating new American jobs.”

“What conservative Republicans really want is a depoliticizing of the climate issue. They don’t necessarily think that the alarmist rhetoric and certainly not the policy proposals of the left are what they’re looking for…On the other hand, the idea that the climate’s not changing and this is an issue that no one should talk about isn’t where they’re at.”

“I believe the climate is changing. I believe that all flora fauna and human beings have some impact on that. I also believe fervently that we can protect our environment without wrecking our economy.”

“Those who say climate change is an existential threat are completely mistaken. We do have time to address this. We should address it.”

“I have always supported science-based, common-sense policies that protect our environment and the beautiful California coastline. In Congress, I will work towards climate solutions that promote innovation and diversification. We need leaders that understand the challenge at hand, but also have the foresight not to overburden small businesses with meaningless regulations.”

“We always should promote policies and innovation to have clean water, air and healthy food for our citizens. We all want a clean planet and a healthy environment for our children. There is real debate among scientists about how much climate change is natural and how much is man-made, but we need to approach the issue in a common sense way that recognizes we can balance protecting the environment and not destroying jobs and opportunity for lower and middle income Americans.”

“The cost of the Green New Deal is tens of trillions of dollars. The Green New Deal would raise the cost of motor fuel and would impoverish rural families. I will fight to protect rural residents by opposing radical ideas like the Green New Deal and other extreme environmental legislation. Our focus should be on developing clean coal technology and nuclear power.”

“When it comes to our energy sector, affordability, sustainability, and energy independence are critical to the future of Iowa and America.”

“Radical environmental policies that unnecessarily damage our economy must be rejected. We all have a responsibility to take care of the planet and protect the environment, but this is best done through conservation efforts and common sense rules, not excessively burdensome mandates”

“We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through energy conservation, expansion of solar energy generation, increased use of electric vehicles and using innovative new technologies.”

“Joe Biden’s new climate change package is yet another Green New Deal, and Kendra Horn continues her support of this extreme leftist candidate for president. Biden has made it clear that he cares nothing about jobs related to oil and natural gas exploration, a lifeblood for Oklahoma’s economy. Oklahomans need a congresswoman who will stand with Oklahoma companies, protect Oklahoma jobs and fight for Oklahoma families. I am that Congresswoman.”

“We’re going to address the climate. It makes sense for us to have policies that reduce emissions, that reduce the pollutants that are in the air, to reduce the particles that cause massive health problems around the world.”

“We believe that there is much common ground on which all sides of this discussion could come together to address climate change with policies that are practical, flexible, predictable, and durable.”

“We envision conservation policies and practices that focus on results rather than rhetoric and replace conflict with cooperation. Our goal is to foster a culture of environmental entrepreneurship.”

“We know nuclear power slows climate change. We also know that every time a nuclear reactor closes in the U.S., carbon dioxide emissions go up.”

“It will be largely up to the business community to develop, finance, build, and operate the solutions needed to power economic growth worldwide, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and build resilient, lower-carbon infrastructure. Thousands of businesses already are taking action in their own operations and along their value chains by investing in technology solutions and enhancing their efficiency.”

“The future of clean energy must be rescued from failed leftist policies and returned to its roots in conservation and conservatism. American energy policy must derive from a fierce sense of patriotism, technological innovation and entrepreneurship, a respect for individual rights and liberties over government intrusion, and reverence for God and His creation.”

“It’s time we focus on clean energy policy solutions that work. Entrepreneurs, innovators, and market solutions can solve our global environment and energy challenges better than government. Let’s find ways of supporting innovation with less regulation, not more.”

“Each of us is responsible for ensuring the land that shaped our heritage and culture is well cared for and continues to define who we are for generations. As conservatives, we live our conservation values every day. Whether we are farmers, hunters, fishermen or all of the above, we care for the land and water because they are what sustain our bodies and our souls.”

“Energy affects every facet of American life, so every one of us has a stake in supporting clean, responsible energy solutions that advance our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge.”

“Real climate action cannot be achieved alone, and the United States must continue leading the world in the fight to mitigate climate change, and adapt to its consequences.”

“There are a number of factors that contribute to that, including human activity. The question is, what are we going to do about it and at what cost?”

“I believe climate change is real. I believe that human emissions of greenhouse gases are a major cause of climate change. And I believe the Democrat cure for climate change, their “Green New Deal,” is so far out in left field that not many are going to take it seriously. So, as one Republican, I propose this response to climate change: the United States should launch a New Manhattan Project for Clean Energy, a five year project with Ten Grand Challenges that will use American research and technology to put our country and the world firmly on a path toward cleaner, cheaper energy.”

“It is clear the climate is changing to me. We need policy responses that work.”

“I believe that we can address this challenge by having the federal government focus on basic research in the areas of energy storage in order to make renewable power dependable, on advanced nuclear power solutions to produce zero-emissions electricity and on finding ways to reduce emissions from today’s conventional fuel sources.”

“Any serious conversation about the future of America’s energy production must include nuclear energy, which accounts for 20 percent of all American energy production and 55 percent of American carbon-free-energy production.”

“The United States can lead in reducing carbon emissions without jeopardizing our economy by focusing on technology and innovation.”

“We have to act now if we want to unlock the solutions that will aggressively combat climate change. Through smart, technology-neutral tax incentives, we can unleash American ingenuity and encourage the kind of innovation at scale that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.”

“The implementation of #45Q will help encourage American competitiveness in a growing and competitive global market for #CCUS technologies and will positively impact domestic energy, manufacturing, and construction jobs.”

“Free-market innovation — not government regulation or taxation — is the best way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”

“Too often, climate change policy is oversimplified to false choices: renewables versus fossils, economy versus environment, 100% reductions versus inaction. The reality is this: solutions must make a clean energy transition cheaper and faster while preserving economic growth and reflecting the global nature of the challenge.”

“Under Gardner’s bipartisan bill announced last week, the nation’s ability to manage and increase public lands would be bolstered. This is critical at a time when animal species, including birds, deer, elk and many others, are struggling to find wild habitats that can sustain healthy populations and the globe is fighting deforestation and carbon-induced climate change.”

“Whether we call the problem ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming,’ or my preference of ‘climate volatility,’ the bottom line is that Congress has finally stopped talking about how to define the problem and more about how to solve it. One area of potential consensus––trees. While expanded carbon capture technology, conservation, mass transit, bikes, scooters, electric cars, wind, solar, biofuels, and even nuclear energy will play significant roles in reducing carbon emissions, trees are nature’s best way of cleaning out excess carbon pollution from the atmosphere.”

“The most effective thing we can do on this committee to address climate change is to support more basic research that will lead to the next generation of technologies that are needed to reduce global emissions like carbon capture, nuclear power, and fusion energy.”

“The full breadth of global solutions to climate change, including technological innovations to reduce carbon emissions that are causing a rise in air temperature almost everywhere.”

“The climate is changing. Humans and global industrial activity are contributing. Thankfully, there are realistic free-market solutions that will lead us in the right direction.”

“Washington has been paralyzed by partisan gamesmanship for too long on this issue. Through the Climate Solutions Caucus we can have real conversations about protecting our environment, securing America’s energy future and protecting American manufacturing jobs.”

“Clean air and clean water is an important issue and it’s one that both sides could find common ground on if they wanted to. But unfortunately, the socialist Left has taken over the debate and is more interested in pushing their radical policies on the American people than finding real solutions. … Republicans have proposed commonsense solutions to climate change that are good for the environment and our economy, but Democrats have continually let the most radical voices dominate the conversation.”

“Preserving trees means more carbon sequestration. Fewer climate-harming pollutants will be belched into the air from uncontrolled wildfires. These are outcomes we should all desire.”

“As we move in the direction of a cleaner energy portfolio, a goal all of us share, we must keep unleashing the affordable innovation that made us the world leader in reducing emissions — and not play into China’s hands.”

“We believe that the key to successfully tackling climate change is American innovation. Innovation is what made America the global energy leader, and what will make us the driving force behind clean and affordable energy as a realistic, practical solution to greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Climate change does pose real long-term challenges to our country and the rest of the world. Economic prosperity and protecting our environment are not mutually exclusive goals. I believe we can address climate change with realistic and responsible market-driven solutions that foster innovation, competition, and economic growth.”

“Climate change is real. Humans contribute to climate change.”

“In order to truly make progress in addressing climate change we must work together. I will continue working on sensible, bipartisan efforts to promote conservation, reduce emissions, and strengthen our economy.”

“The question is how do you address it. … The way to do this consistent with American values and American capitalism is through technology and innovation … not to shut down your economy, throw people out of work”

“There’s no question that we’re experiencing climate change and that humans are a significant contributor to that. In my view, the course forward is going to require innovation and technology breakthrough because nothing I’ve seen is going to reverse the warming trend other than that.”

“We are having conversations about how to address the problem, which is emissions. To do it in a way that continues to let the economy flourish and come up with solutions.”

“There is a growing consensus on our side that man-made emissions are contributing to global warming, that the ‘green deal’ is absurd, and we should be able to find a more appropriate solution to the problem.”

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Select Committee [on Climate Crisis] to ensure that the United States can continue to rely on clean, affordable energy generated from our abundance of resources. I am focused on finding solutions on this committee that will allow the United States to become energy independent, preserve our environment, and build a strong economy. I hope that my colleagues will join me in prioritizing innovation, not taxation or over-regulation, in our energy industry to maximize efficiency, cut costs, protect and create jobs in West Virginia, and care for our earth for generations to come.”

“Climate change is real and the need to protect our environment is real. I want to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create solutions to address climate change that are realistic, market-based and will actually have an impact on climate change. We should also be focusing on proposals that will create American jobs instead of killing them.”

“Climate change is the greatest environmental and energy challenge of our time, and our government is failing to meet it.”

“Nature isn’t just a destination, it’s our home. We should be protecting our parks and public lands not just because they’re natural wonders but also because conservation is vital to addressing climate change. I’ll continue to work to find free-market conservation solutions.”

“What I’m just saying is, what are the practical means to address it? And the practical means to address it by the left are absurd.”

“Clean energy innovation is key to addressing the serious issue of climate change.”

“A balanced and responsible approach is the solution. This means developing more of America’s own energy resources, including wind, solar, clean coal, hydropower, biofuels, nuclear energy, as well as oil and natural gas, which will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and create thousands of jobs here at home.”

“This is God’s creation, and we’re supposed to tend to and take care of it.”

“We’re not against solar. We’re for solar. We’re not against wind. We’re not against hydro, we’re not against fossil fuels and we’re not against nuclear. We want to mesh it all together.”

“Coal is a vital resource for Wyoming and for our nation. Through technological advancements that our state has championed, we know we can continue to expand its use as a clean and reliable tool to power our economy and support families. I’m proud to co-sponsor this bipartisan legislation that will help support the coal industry by advancing the availability and use of carbon capture.”

“We understand the science [of climate change] and know the impacts are real because we are experiencing them firsthand.”

“The hydropower developed in the Pacific Northwest benefits every resident, family, and business in our region, and it’s an important component of the all-of-the-above energy strategy that will ensure the United States maintains energy independence and leadership on the global stage.”

“We should break down regulatory barriers that hamper research and development and encourage investments into current and emerging technologies, including carbon capture, renewable hydropower, nuclear power, and energy storage. The United States is at the forefront of clean-energy efforts, and we must continue to leverage current capabilities. Nuclear power generation – which accounts for 20 percent of our nation’s power supply – is a great example of technology that is fueling the U.S., creating jobs, growing our economy, and reducing our environmental impact.”

“We support strategies that take action against harmful emissions without disrupting the economy and burdening hard-working Americans with new taxes and mandates. By being good stewards of the environment and advancing an all-of-the-above energy plan, we can support productivity and sustainability for the future.”

“Southwest Florida’s waterways are the lifeblood of our community and economy. It is our responsibility and obligation to preserve and protect these precious waterways for generations to come. I support environmental research and studies that not only preserves our waters, but also leads to sensible solutions, that do not burden taxpayers.”

“I support an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that embraces all of our country’s natural resources. The federal government should not be picking and choosing which energy sources get advantages. Fundamentally, Americans deserve the most affordable fuel available. Prioritizing the economic well-being of our fellow Americans leads to longer, more productive lives and increased prosperity.”

“It is obvious that humans have some impact on the environment.”

“Congressman Bilirakis believes that climate change is real and has been active in Congressional hearings focused on reducing carbon emissions, boosting renewable energy options, and modernizing the nation’s power generation. The Congressman wants clean air, clean water, and environmental protection; but as he explains below, those things do not have to be achieved at the expense of jobs, prosperity, and national security.”

“If the Left cared about ‘Climate Change’, they would: -have plan to curb China’s CO2 emissions (sic) -support nuclear energy & natural gas -unleash power of markets to invest in R&D.”

“Nuclear energy is a critical part of our nation’s energy matrix. It is a carbon-free, 24/7 baseload power supply that protects our national security and plays a critical role in furthering the American Energy Renaissance…As we continue to strive for more reliable clean power across the United States and work to maintain our energy leadership on a global scale, we must keep in mind the importance of updating the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) burdensome environmental review process required for nuclear reactor licensing. According to industry data, the cost of the environmental review process has tripled over the last ten years, and completion of the process averages about four years, creating a significant barrier to getting carbon-free nuclear power online.”

“I am also a strong advocate for nuclear energy. In South Carolina, nuclear power is responsible for generating nearly 57 percent of our electricity. That is well above the national average of 20 percent. Nuclear energy is a critical part of our energy matrix, providing large amounts of carbon free electricity, which is imperative for the U.S. to make our internationally agreed upon emissions targets.”

“Nuclear power accounts for 55% of zero-emission, baseload electricity nationwide. The American nuclear industry is working to introduce new reactors that are safer, smaller and more affordable than ever.”

“No question we can do a better job taking care of the environment, but big government, one-size-fits-all proposals that threaten our economy are not the answer. The Trillion Trees Act is sensible legislation that not only lowers atmospheric carbon by planting and conserving forests, but adds quality jobs while preserving the American economy. This is an achievable, reasonable first step toward doing our part in lowering carbon in the atmosphere.”

“The ‘everything but’ position [of the Democrats] is bad for our economy, and our planet. For instance, no technology has done more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the past two decades than fracking and natural gas. Innovations in that sector were driven entirely by the private sector, not top-down government mandates.”

“Republicans have an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that prioritizes American energy independence, embraces fossil fuels and renewable energy, and doesn’t allow Washington to pick winners and losers through massive subsidies.”

“There is wide bipartisan agreement that a market-based transition toward cleaner, renewable forms of energy is good for our country and the environment. But we must also recognize that these energy technologies are still years, perhaps decades, away from providing energy at the scale necessary to provide constant, reliable power to communities. In the meantime, we must not turn our backs on the abundant supplies of natural resources that heat homes and power businesses from coast to coast.”

“If we want to tackle climate change, reduce emissions, and power the grid, then we need the proper mix of energy. We need to make sure that nuclear not only stays on the grid, but grows on it.”

“As Republicans, we recognize that climate action cannot be measured by a bill’s price tag or page count. We are not looking for a silver bullet to solve climate change; we are focused on real solutions that will work. Solving environmental challenges means introducing targeted solutions that will make a difference today and investing in breakthrough technologies that will make energy cleaner, cheaper, and more affordable in the long run.”

“Only 3% of the nation’s 80,000 dams currently generate electricity. These existing dams in the United States could be equipped with turbines and generators to produce up to 12,000 megawatts of clean, baseload electricity. If we were simply to retrofit dams across the country, we could tap into a powerful energy resource that has little to no environmental impact. We should also be working together to develop next-generation nuclear power, carbon capture technology, and battery storage to unlock the power of renewable energy. These are just a few of the many long-term solutions that exist.”

“Our solutions are simple yet effective. Where many Democrats want to shut down, ban, and overregulate, we want to incentivize, innovate, and progress through market-based solutions. Take the Trillion Trees Act as an example. Trees are the most economical carbon sequestration mechanism we have, and scientists estimate that planting 1 trillion trees globally would sequester the equivalent of two-thirds of all man-made carbon since the Industrial Revolution. More than just using trees to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, the Trillion Trees Act establishes programs that help convert that stored carbon into long-lived forest products, sequestering carbon for generations and opening space for new trees.”

“To achieve energy independence, we must work to develop viable forms of renewable energy while also maximizing the development of the conventional energy resources we have at home. By developing a diverse domestic energy portfolio in this way, we can create jobs, reduce energy costs and grow our economy.”

“There is more carbon now than before. Carbon is the issue. So how we move forward to address volatility in weather, environmental issues that are essential to us all, cleaner air, cleaner water. We have to build out our wind and solar, which we’re doing a good job of. And we have to move forward to a more sustainable economy.”

I support carbon capture technology use, research to improve battery storage to facilitate renewable energy, and tax incentives for wind, solar and geothermal. The rise in natural gas has had [a] positive impact [in] reducing carbon output. 40% of Omaha’s energy comes from renewables.

“Through a more efficient and less complex permitting process, we can more efficiently construct energy infrastructure, coastal restoration, and flood protection projects in Louisiana and across the country while still protecting our environment.”

“Hydropower is one of America’s top renewable energy sources and accounts for roughly 70% of our clean energy in Washington state. Building a clean energy future doesn’t happen without prioritizing the continued development of hydroelectric energy resources. The way we solve the climate crisis is through free-market technological innovation…”

“As we continue along the path towards energy independence, I favor an all-of-the-above approach to our energy needs. We must use all available resources to diversify our energy portfolio and support the American economy, while at the same time protecting our environment with reasonable regulations.”

“Lack of management has allowed a critical load of dead fuel to build up in our forests, turning them into tinderboxes. We don’t have to wait for the world to fix climate change; we can act now to thin our forests where appropriate and reduce the risk of catastrophic fires.”

“While investing in clean energy is an important piece of the puzzle, the wind isn’t always blowing and the sun isn’t always shining. We truly need an all-of-the-above energy strategy in order to keep the lights on at a price American families can afford.”

“We are stewards of the natural inheritance we have been given, and must value sustainability as a core conservative principle.”

“Solving for climate change can’t depend upon the world reaching an agreement on how much more we’re willing to pay for cleaner energy. That’s an argument with no end in sight— and we don’t want to keep fighting about it. Instead, we can work together to adopt policies that will make clean energy technologies for all fuels affordable — solar, wind, hydro and other renewables, as well as nuclear, carbon capture for fossil fuels, energy efficiency, storage, and other technologies that will make the grid more secure, resilient, and affordable. At the same time, we can establish rational, ambitious regulations to guide their use as they become increasingly affordable.”

“We have introduced a number of bills aimed at capturing, utilizing, and storing carbon, all based on the understanding that natural gas and other fossil energy sources are not the problem, emissions are. So instead of destroying entire industries and the jobs they provide, we should invest in technologies that reduce or eliminate these emissions, all the while growing American jobs.”

“Solar tech is one of the ways that I think we can improve our environment while also reducing energy costs.”

“As a farmer who has seen the effects of climate change first-hand, I believe we should address global greenhouse gas emissions and support clean American energy…we should be focusing on developing the tools needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, like advanced nuclear energy, carbon capture, and greater energy storage capacity. Investing in innovation has proven to reduce emissions, lower energy costs, and produce exportable technologies that other countries can use to meet these same objectives.”

“Investing in rural communities through wind energy projects has a proven track record of success, and it’s important we encourage the production of clean and renewable energy sources.”

“The diversification of our energy sources, whether it be nuclear energy or renewable, is important to the United States and to our allies. With authoritarian regimes in Russia and China encroaching on the energy supply of our allies in Europe, it’s critical that we take a leading role in fostering opportunities that allow nuclear energy to be seen as an alternate energy source.”

“I support an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that serves American economic and security interests. Coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind, solar, hydropower, domestic oil, and biomass all may play a critical role in America’s energy future. The United States possesses a tremendous amount of natural resources, and we must take full advantage of all options to unlock America’s full potential.”

“Most carbon emissions come from outside the United States, and a vital component of combatting climate change is the U.S. exporting clean energy resources and technology.”

“Carbon capture will help ensure we can continue to power the American economy and continue to lead the world in emissions reduction. American innovation – not government regulation – is the path to success for our environment and our economy.”

“I continue to support an all-of-the above energy policy. This includes encouraging and incentivizing clean energy policies as well as exploring the possibility of offshore energy exploration. While I wish we were at a point where we could solely rely on clean energy, we’re not there yet. As we research and develop new innovative solutions to transition to renewable, cleaner energy, I believe it’s irresponsible to not at least see what is out there off the coast.”

“Climate change is an issue that needs to be addressed. … The right way to tackle climate change policy is by continuing to remove barriers to innovation, incentivizing more clean energy, and putting forth realistic, free-market solutions driven by the American consumer – a proven approach that has already resulted in significant emissions reductions in the United States.”

“Unnecessary government red tape is preventing us from taking advantage of clean, renewable hydropower generation at existing non-powered dams.  The current regulatory process simply takes too long – taking up to a decade – to approve a project…Streamlining the permitting process will incentivize investments in clean hydropower development and help modernize our existing infrastructure.”

“Instead of raising taxes on working families in America who can least afford it, the answer to decreasing emissions is found by empowering American innovators to create global clean energy solutions. If we want to export clean energy technologies to every corner of the globe to reduce greenhouse gases, we must remove foreign barriers to American innovators.”

“Those technologies, known as carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, or CCUS, present a win-win for America. Rather than be emitted into the atmosphere, CCUS gives us the opportunity to convert carbon dioxide into a useful commodity. Not only do these technologies allow for the continued viability of the existing fleet of fossil fuel plants, but they create the prospect for new industry sectors altogether.”

“Our region is home to clean and renewable hydropower, natural gas and a growing biomass industry. By pursuing these and other forms of energy, we can keep costs affordable and ensure our energy supply is stable.”

“More innovation, more sequestration, more adaptation. There’s not one magic solution to this issue. There’s not one. There’s many of them.”

“To the extent that there are concerns about global warming, or climate change, our answer, our solution to that should always be unleashing the power of innovation, or science and technology, making sure we get the best and brightest on the question.”

“Many of our nation’s farmers and foresters do not know how to implement projects or navigate the current carbon credit marketplace. As a strong supporter of our agriculture and environmental industries, I am pleased to lead this bill in the House and help reduce barriers for our agriculture sector. Nebraska farmers and ranchers take great pride in being good environmental stewards and this bill can help them monetize that.”

“It’s not just fossil fuels that make West Texas great; our region is home to the six largest wind farms in the United States. No other area in our country has a larger impact on this form of clean energy than West Texas. The energy produced by wind power in West Texas has the capacity to power between 2 and 3 million homes a year. Additionally, District 19 is home to the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University.”

“West Texas currently accounts for 81% of the onshore production for the entire state of Texas. The oil and gas producers here in District 19 provide a safe and affordable supply of energy to our nation, and thousands of jobs to our people. We need to reduce regulations, cut taxes, and allow these industries to grow and thrive. Like Texas, our country needs more pro-growth, pro-energy policies.”

“The energy sector is crucial to our economic growth and high energy costs have a major impact on job creation. We have an abundant supply of natural resources in Nevada and across the country that we must use to meet our nation’s energy requirements. We need policies that allow us to harness our own resources, develop new sources of energy, improve our permitting processes and create jobs here at home.”

“In Nevada, new sources of energy, such as geothermal and solar are showing promise. Geothermal in particular brings jobs and growth to Nevada with 20+ plants in operation providing clean, reliable electrical capacity to the grid and significant additional capacity under development.”

“The answer to clean energy is right in front of us. I recently toured both nuclear plants in my district, and I feel safer at night knowing all that nuclear power plants do for our state and country. I hope that my colleagues in Congress legislate like our environment, economy and national security depend on nuclear energy. Because they do.”

“We must conserve our natural resources and make sure that we utilize them in an environmentally friendly way. America needs to take a hard look at how much oil we consume and factor in the huge energy demand of growing markets in the developing world such as China and India. However, I certainly oppose policy proposals such as Cap & Trade and other similar carbon emission control systems that harm economic growth and destroy American jobs.”

“Only through better development of technology, the kind of stuff we’ve worked on for decades here in Wyoming, can we actually start to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”

“But I certainly believe we have a responsibility to protect the environment and to limit those influences that may impact the climate change in our country, and let the scientists and the experts determine what’s responsible for it.”

“South Carolina has been recognized for her natural beauty for centuries, and a key part of preserving that beauty for generations to come is using the cleanest energy sources possible.”

“The wind energy industry plays a central role in generating quality jobs and promoting economic growth in Oklahoma. As governor, I strive to foster a pro-business and regulation friendly environment for all industries, and I remain committed to working with our wind producers to ensure American energy leadership in the global marketplace and to continue to provide low-cost reliable energy here in our great state.”

“Preserving our natural resources for current and future generations is a top priority.”

“Our most important job as governors is ensuring the safety of our constituents. So when we face a threat to people’s livelihood and way of life, showing leadership means acknowledging the risk and addressing it. Climate change hits Democrats and Republicans alike, and we need to work together, despite our differences, to stop it.”

“Nebraska is a leading state in energy innovation, and I was able to share our innovation story during today’s discussion.  From our first-in-the-nation utility scale hydrogen plant to enzymes that are helping our corn produce more ethanol, Nebraska’s pioneer spirit is helping achieve greater energy security and independence in the 21st century, so we can continue to grow our state and our nation for years to come.”

“As governor of the great State of Iowa, it’s no secret that I’m a passionate supporter of the renewable fuels industry. We take great pride in our diverse energy portfolio, which includes renewable fuels. Cleaner burning, lower cost fuel options benefit all Iowans and the country. The renewable fuels industry in Iowa accounts for nearly $5 billion of Iowa’s GDP, generates over $2.4 billion of income for Iowa households and supports almost 47,000 jobs throughout the entire Iowa economy.”

“We’ve shown in Indiana that we can have a roaring economy [prior to the pandemic] while also improving and conserving the environment.”

“Nobody knows better than the governor of a state like Arizona, that has such an arid climate and has had to make so many plans and sacrifices to have the rich and abundant water resources that we have, that we have to pay attention to our environment.”

“Climate is changing, there’s no question about it. Sometimes what you do from a regulatory standpoint might be counter to what the right thing to do is, but you’ve got to recognize it. It’s here. We’ve just got to figure out how we’re going to cope with it. And we’ve got to slow it down. Now, reversing it is going to be a big darn job.”

“You can love God, love guns, and hate greenhouse gases.”

“Moving Indiana toward an all of the above energy policy will create jobs, expand our economy, make our communities more secure through energy independence, improve public health, and leave behind a powerful legacy for future generations of Hoosiers.”

“Transitioning to clean, renewable energy insulates us from sudden and unpredictable fluctuations in the price of natural gas, creates local jobs that can’t be shipped overseas, attracts investments to our state from companies looking to put down roots, conserves our natural resources – helping to protect our outdoor sporting and hunting pastimes – and increases our grid and national security.”

“Clean energy is having a transformative impact on Georgia’s economy and environment: our state has grown into a destination for clean energy and our economy is reaping the benefits.”

“Clean and renewable energy sources represent the future of energy in Texas. As conservatives, we encourage competition and free markets, which allow for vibrant, sustainable economies. Texas inventors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers are leaders in a global transformation toward cleaner, more secure energy choices that create American jobs and protect our environment.”

“We’ve seen billions of dollars in capital investment in the solar industry alone in Tennessee. Coupled with the investments we’re seeing in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and other forms of clean energy, the clean energy sector has the potential to truly become a bright spot for Tennessee in terms of job growth.”

“Given the remarkable transformation in technology, especially here in Texas, that has allowed our country to become nearly energy independent and driven the development of more clean burning natural gas power plants, we are enjoying a period where emissions are reducing and air is cleaner. Certainly, we can do more by supporting the further development of more sources of baseload power. I am particularly interested in next generation nuclear reactors that are smaller, safer, can be sited virtually anywhere and create much less waste. They are emission free and provide the kind of reliable baseload power that wind and solar simply cannot do.”

“Climate change is real, and the evidence is right here in Miami. Miami’s pristine coastline must be protected. The water level is rising in at an alarming rate and coastal areas like Miami Beach may become uninhabitable in a matter of decades, not centuries, unless we work to combat the problem. As studies have shown, Miami will need some major feats of engineering, way beyond the resources available at the state and local levels.”

“On the energy production side, it comes down to taking all the above approach, understanding all the existing subsidies and getting to a point where you’re not just fighting subsidy with subsidy. It’s recognizing our energy independence is going to require not only a shift to renewables, but also maintaining some on demand energy production. Whether that’s natural gas or nuclear, it has to be part of the mix. That’s where I think from an economic standpoint we’ve seen price per watt generation get to a point where its just about comparable.”

“The U.S. oil, gas, and electric markets must be run by private industry with limited government intrusion. I am fully supportive of new and alternative energy technology and production. However, these should be developed in the free market and not in the vacuum of big government. Capitalism is the answer to reliable and sustainable energy.”

“We must address climate change without putting more burdens on the backs of working class Americans. When clean jobs are readily available, then we can address climate change adequately. There must be an end to government overreach and overregulation; it could do irreparable harm to the middle class.

“I don’t buy into that [environmental alarmism] , and I think those sort of scare tactics only hurt our efforts to find good solutions. But I do think there are a lot of things we can do and work on, but it can’t be a winner-take-all or loser-take-all proposition.”

“NEPA is a litigation nightmare and time sink for many projects involving federal funding. To quote the President, when talking about how long it takes to get a permit to build, ‘that’s big government at its absolute worst.'”

“I accept the science as it’s presented to us. Science in the climate arena is as substantial as the science that underlies any number of environmental challenges. It’s a serious issue that deserves a serious and effective response.”

“We need deep decarbonization to hit our climate goals. Nuclear power can get us there. As our largest source of clean energy, nuclear power is critical to reduce carbon emissions. Wind, solar and geothermal are on the rise, but the smartest policies will ensure these technologies complement, not replace, nuclear’s clean energy production.”

“The Clean Capitalist Coalition is a group of policy institutes, advocacy organizations, scholars and experts working together to explore and develop innovative policy ideas that reduce barriers to clean free enterprise and conservation, to reduce pollution while increasing inclusive prosperity and freedom.”

“Natural gas is an important tool in the suite of greenhouse gas emissions reduction options available to the United States. Natural gas will continue to benefit our nation as states move to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions created in electric power generation.”

“Nuclear energy is clean, safe, and reliable. Going forward it must be a significant component of America’s energy profile, and to make that happen we need to stay ahead of the technological curve.”

“I’ll say it once again, it’s important to address climate change. I’ve said it many times in the past, it’s real.”

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