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Energy and Commerce Republicans Host Innovation Showcase to Highlight Local Solutions to Energy Delivery and Emissions Reductions

WASHINGTON, DC“As you look around these companies that are trying to turn waste emissions and products into new energy sources, or better battery storage, or other ways to conserve our new energy technology, it’s the path to the future. Americans should lead on this. We always have, and this is an opportunity to lead going forward.”

That’s what Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) said at the Energy and Environment Innovation Showcase hosted by Committee Republicans. The showcase brought together Republican lawmakers, thought leaders, and well over two hundred attendees to hear from 18 companies, educational institutions, and other organizations about their work to deploy new technologies to strengthen our energy security, power the economic engines of the future, and address climate change.

The showcase demonstrated that successful energy and environment policy is best secured through realistic, innovative public policy, and highlighted the importance of investing in the development and deployment of breakthrough technologies to reduce emissions, power the economy of tomorrow, and provide greater value to American consumers.

During the event, Walden joined noted public opinion researcher Kristen Soltis Anderson for a discussion on climate change solutions. WATCH the interview below

Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) speaks to Kristen Soltis Anderson. CLICK HERE to watch the full interview.

Here’s what they are saying about the #InnovatEandC showcase

The Washington Times: Republicans call for innovation, not regulation, on climate issues

Let the Democrats peddle the Green New Deal. Republicans say it’s better to innovate than regulate.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans held an “Innovation Showcase” Monday to champion products and technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions without policies that would “choke down the economy,” said ranking member Rep. Greg Walden.

“They can have their Green New Deal,” said the Oregon Republican, who plans to retire at the end of the congressional session. “We’re not into the high taxation, aggressive top-down regulation that frankly we think leads to economic stagnation.”

About 20 local companies and universities from across the country participated in the event, held at the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer, promoting advances and technologies such as carbon sequestration, renewable natural gas, multi-emissions filtration systems and modular light-water reactor nuclear power.

At one point, Mr. Walden held up a block of fire-resistant cross-laminated wood from the Oregon-based company D.R. Johnson. The product is billed as strong enough to use in high-rise construction, thus eliminating emissions from the making of steel.

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The Washington Post, The Energy 202: These Republicans want to show they’re serious about climate change. So they put on a showcase.

Attendees ranged from a start-up, MOVA Technologies, Inc., seeking to recycle pollutants pulled out of coal smokestacks, to Fortune 500 electric power company Duke Energy, there to promote how it can use batteries to store power during off-peak hours.

They also included a laboratory that crushes coal into potential building materials, a lumber company that makes structural beams by gluing together smaller and otherwise less useful pieces of wood and a biofuel maker that harvests methane from the emissions of dairy cows.

“I don’t think it’s just Republicans,” said Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee who is retiring at the end of the term. “Voters overall would prefer a process that doesn’t put a big, heavy hand on the American economy.”

Walden added that the public has been able to pressure firms to cut emissions without government intervention. “Consumers are demanding carbon reduction, and companies are responding,” he said.

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The Washington Examiner Daily on Energy: THE GOP INNOVATION ‘SHOW’

GOP committee leaders gave remarks flanked by a poster touting their “12 in ‘20” short-term plan to curb emissions, in a rejection of Democrats’ more ambitious net-zero emissions by 2050 approach.

Republicans argue narrower technology-focused bills would help the companies in attendance bring their products to market, such as advanced nuclear reactor company NuScale.

“We want to come forward with ideas we think make good common sense and can actually become law,” top Republican Greg Walden of Oregon told reporters. “The president would sign all of these,” he said, ticking off bills boosting carbon capture, advanced nuclear, and grid-scale energy storage.

Walden said the “12 in ‘20” plan will be central to an expected rollout in coming weeks by Republican leader McCarthy and the rest of the conference of a series of bills addressing climate change.

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E&E News: Republicans solidify energy innovation pitch

The event followed efforts that began last week to publicly push for a slate of 12 mostly bipartisan energy bills that they say are realistic responses to climate change that could pass Congress next year.

Energy and Commerce ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said the 12-bill push, dubbed “12 in ’20,” is part of a larger effort by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to develop market-friendly climate policy, as poll after poll shows younger voters increasingly care about the issue (E&E Daily, Oct. 31).

“Leader McCarthy has some other ideas he wants to obviously incorporate in,” Walden told reporters at the showcase event. “It will be his show, but as the Energy and Commerce Committee, we wanted to come forward with some ones we’ve vetted, that we think make good common sense and actually could become law.”

The efforts on the right side of the committee dais mark the most coherent Republican climate platform to date, but they also show the limitations of the party’s move away from climate science denial.

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POLITICO Pro: Republicans stress innovation in narrow climate pitch

“My difference with my colleagues is they first go to taxing and then they go to cap and trade schemes,” ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) told reporters at the showcase. “Those are costly. They’ll have an impact if they become law, but I’m not sure it’s as positive as taking this route.”

Walden also declined to endorse the Democratic stated goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the target in the latest assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on avoiding catastrophic climate change. He instead said a better approach would be to advance a package of 12 bills promoting innovation in areas like carbon capture and sequestration technologies, nuclear energy and energy storage.

“I understand why they’re at the goal they’re at, but we think that we can actually accomplish a lot between now and then with this package of bills that could become law,” Walden said.

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