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Policy Briefings: Climate and Energy


Chu: Invest in Clean Energy Jobs

The fate of cap-and-trade legislation in Congress remains very much up in the air. No one is prepared to say it’s dead. But no one — least of all the Obama administration — is prepared to say that it’s a priority right now, either, as job creation is the political imperative for leaders in both parties.


Cardin: U.S. Needs to Keep Pace Developing Energy Technology

Today, too many Americans are out of work. Today, we will send $1 billion overseas to satisfy our appetite for foreign oil, while the Chinese will continue their massive investment in clean energy technology. Today, our nation faces an economic crisis, an energy crisis and a global climate crisis.


Vitter: Congress Should Pass the No Cost Stimulus Act

In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama challenged Congress to pass legislation that would promote job creation. I completely agree and embrace his call for a focus on our economy and jobs. But I caution that as we move forward we need to focus our work on creating opportunity, not more regulation and bureaucracy and not more bailouts and spending-heavy “stimulus” bills.


Lamborn: Energy Key to Economic Recovery

Last month, President Barack Obama spoke to Republicans at our annual retreat and asked for our ideas on how to strengthen our ailing economy. I appreciate that offer to work constructively together to help put Americans back to work. Mr. President, because you asked, the following is one Republican’s sincere suggestions on a vital part of reviving our economy. I believe that our nation’s vast energy reserves are key to our economic recovery.


Butterfield: Hotter Climate Demands Attention

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies recently declared 2009 as the second-hottest year on record. Further, the Goddard Institute found that the last decade was the hottest in history; hotter than the 1990s, which were hotter than the 1980s, which were hotter than the 1970s.


Risch: Economy Requires Diverse Policy

It wasn’t that long ago when gas prices were more than $4 a gallon and other energy costs were climbing as well. While the global economic downturn may have decreased pressure on energy prices, it is just a matter of time before economic growth once more pushes them higher. The challenges regarding our nation’s energy infrastructure, economic development, environment and the demands of society will then move energy onto the front burner. How these interests are balanced will be crucial to our quality of life, security and competitiveness in a global marketplace.


Costa: Long-Term Approach Is Necessary

If my time in Congress has shown me anything, it is that pure common sense is often overlooked. Take energy policy, for example: Our nation accounts for 21 percent of the world’s energy consumption, and we have a heavy dependence on imported energy. Crude oil production in the United States has actually declined in the past decade from 5.8 million barrels per day to 5.4 million barrels per day. Common sense tells us we should use all the energy tools in our energy toolbox to expand domestic oil, natural gas and coal production and reduce our dependencies on foreign sources, while transitioning to greater use of renewable energy such as solar, wind and hydropower, as well as building new nuclear power plants.


Scalise: Cap-and-Trade Hinders Job Growth

At a time when people are asking, “Where are the jobs?” thousands of high-paying jobs are waiting to be created in America’s energy industry. Jobs can be created today by further developing America’s natural resources, such as oil and natural gas, and expanding on new technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, a critical tool in tapping the huge potential of our country’s natural gas supply.

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