Energy Independence

As the price of gasoline continues to take a tremendous toll on the finances of America's families, it is becoming increasingly clear that the very economic independence of our country in jeopardy. Underscoring our nation's reliance on foreign sources of energy is the fact that our nation possesses 2% of the proven world oil reserves while we use 25% of the world's energy. This imbalance fuels our trade deficit and sends hundreds of billions of dollars abroad each year.

We need innovative solutions that look to the domestic resources of our nation that are readily available. These include the most productive farm economy in the world, hundreds of years of untapped coal resources and both wind and solar. However, this countries biggest resource is by far our intellectual capacity to develop the technologies needed for the next century.

From hydrogen based automobiles, to geothermal, cryogenic power systems, offshore wind farms, tidal energy and biomass based fuel, our ability to compete depends on our ability to innovate.

In response to this crisis, The House of Representatives has acted on the following issues during the 111th Congress: 

As the price of gasoline continues to take a tremendous toll on the finances of America's families, it is becoming increasingly clear that the very economic independence of our country in jeopardy. Underscoring our nation's reliance on foreign sources of energy is the fact that our nation possesses 2% of the proven world oil reserves while we use 25% of the world’s energy. This imbalance fuels our trade deficit and sends hundreds of billions of dollars abroad each year.

We need innovative solutions that look to the domestic resources of our nation that are readily available. These include the most productive farm economy in the world, hundreds of years of untapped coal resources and both wind and solar. However, this countries biggest resource is by far our intellectual capacity to develop the technologies needed for the next century.

From hydrogen based automobiles, to geothermal, cryogenic power systems, offshore wind farms, tidal energy and biomass based fuel, our ability to compete depends on our ability to innovate.

In response to this crisis, The House of Representatives has acted on the following issues during the 111th Congress:

In the 111th Congress the House has acted on the following bills:

  • HR 1, (Public Law No: 111-5) the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more than $45 billion in funding for energy programs, mainly for energy efficiency and renewable energy, including more than $21 billion in energy tax incentives, primarily for energy efficiency and renewable energy and billions for state energy programs like weatherization and a local energy block grant program.
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  • HR 3585 The Solar Roadmap- As approved by the House of Representatives, this legislation would ensure that industry, government and research institutions are at the same table in developing long term goals for solar policies.  Congresswoman Kaptur amended this legislation with H.AMDT.457 (Approved 395-24) to strengthen the use of research and development strategies in making domestic industry more competitive and to assist the commercialization of solar technologies.

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  • HR 2454 American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act of 2009 As approved by the House of Representatives this legislation mandates a comprehensive energy policy to promote the transition to a clean energy economy, providing  incentives and protections to assist domestic manufacturing

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  • HR 3534 Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act of 2009 As approved by the House of Representatives, this legislation establishes a set of procedures for the Federal government to more virourously regulate drilling and to end the Gulf Coast drilling moratorium on oil rigs that have met established safety standards.
Bills in the 110th Congress:
  • H.R. 6, Public Law No: 110-140 Energy and Security Act, which reduces our dependence on foreign oil, reduces global warming, and lowers energy costs for consumers by such steps as raising the CAFÉ standards for the first time in 32 years, providing new energy efficiency standards, and making an historic commitment to American-grown biofuels 2007 Public Law (110-140)

     

  • HR 6377, the Energy Markets Emergency Act of 2008 directs the Commodity Futures Trading Corporation (the market where oil is traded) to investigate the role of excessive speculation in any contract market under its jurisdiction. This legislation was approved in the house by the overwhelming margin of 402 - 19.

     

  • H.R. 2264, No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act (NOPEC), which authorizes the Justice Department to take legal action against OPEC state-controlled entities that participate in conspiracies to limit the supply, or fix the price.

     

  • HR 1424 Public Law No: 110-343 contains several new energy tax incentives: $10.9 billion in renewable energy tax incentives aimed at clean energy production, $2.6 billion in incentives targeted toward cleaner vehicles and fuels, and $3.5 billion in tax breaks to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency. Although these tax provisions were attached to unattractive legislation, these tax provisions represent an important step forward for our alternative energy economy.
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