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🌎 EARTH DAY: E&C Republicans Leading for Affordable, Reliable & Cleaner Energy


04.22.22

The United States produces the cleanest energy in the world. On Earth Day, and every day, we lead in reducing global emissions because of American ingenuity and innovation, particularly in cleaner energy sources like natural gas, hydropower, and nuclear power.

For example, the development and revolution of American natural gas has helped reduce U.S. emissions in the energy sector by 25% from 2008 to 2018. Today, America’s CO2 emissions are at the lowest levels since the 1990s.

Unleashing energy production and exporting U.S. LNG to our allies is KEY to lowering costs, strengthening democracy and our geopolitical power, AND lowering emissions worldwide.

Lifecycle analysis of U.S. LNG exports shows that American LNG is 42% cleaner than Russian natural gas. Indeed, U.S. LNG produces on average 50.5% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than coal-fired electricity generation in China, Germany, and India.

Not only does the Left’s rush-to-green energy agenda hurt domestic production and raises costs, it also undermines our progress to reduce global emissions with reliable and affordable American energy.

From day one, this Administration has sought to shut down American oil and gas production.  Consequently, President Biden has had to turn to countries with poorer environmental and human rights records for importing oil and gas, like Russia and Venezuela.

A rush-to-green energy agenda compromises innovation and a reliable and affordable American energy future. Today, Americans are paying an average of $4.11 per gallon to fill up their tanks. Natural gas prices are also surging, up to the highest prices in more than 13 years. We need to flip the switch on American energy and lead on an all-of-the-above approach for energy the American people can afford.

That’s why Energy and Commerce Republicans are leading on the Securing Cleaner American Energy agenda to ensure America leads on affordable, reliable, and clean energy – while protecting jobs, our global competitive edge, and national security.

The solutions include:

H.R. 1588, the Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act, led by Leader Rodgers, updates and strengthens the licensing process for renewable hydropower projects; and promotes innovation and next generation hydropower technologies that protect the environment and natural resources.

H.R. 1788, The Clean Energy Hydrogen Innovation Act, led by Rep. Greg Pence, promotes the development of innovative hydrogen energy projects through the DOE loan guarantee program.

H.R. 245, The New Source Review Permitting Improvement Act, led by Rep. Griffith, provides regulatory certainty and encourages investment, particularly in emissions-reducing upgrades, by reforming the New Source Review (NSR) program for industrial facilities and power plants to clarify when facility upgrades require permits.

H.R. 1616, the Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act, led by Rep. Burgess, streamlines the natural gas pipeline permitting process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

H.R. 1575, the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act, led by Rep. Bill Johson, removes regulatory barriers to exporting and importing natural gas, while maintaining Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulation of LNG facilities. 

Rep. Bill Johnson is also leading on H.R. 1748, the Strengthening American Nuclear Competitiveness Act, which expedites DOE review of certain nuclear technology exports; enables increased investment in U.S. nuclear technology by American allies; promotes efficient licensing for new nonelectric uses of nuclear energy and for new manufacturing techniques to build American nuclear reactors faster and at lower cost.

H.R. 684, the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act, led by Rep. Armstrong, authorizes the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline.

H.R. 1351, the Nuclear Prosperity and Security Act, led by Rep. Latta, directs the Secretary of Energy to establish and operate a uranium reserve in the United States, ensuring the availability of uranium in the event of market disruption; supports America’s strategic fuel cycle capabilities.

H.R. 1761, the CCUS Innovation Act, led by Rep. McKinley, promotes the development of innovative carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects through the DOE loan guarantee program.

H.R. 6618, the Advanced Nuclear Reactor Prize Act, led by Rep. Curtis, authorizes the Secretary of Energy to make targeted awards to cover regulatory costs of the first technologies that are licensed and made operational in three categories of advanced reactors, which will incentivize first-movers to submit quality applications that allow the public to benefit from safe, reliable advanced reactors.

Our solutions will address climate change risks and spur the development and deployment of clean energy infrastructure without the ‘pie-in-the-sky’ mandates, regulations, and out-of-control federal government spending, threats to national security, and crushing economic burdens on consumers.

Click here for the full list of Republican solutions.

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