Energy & Environment (February 2010)

Climate reform good for job creation

Shortly after testifying before Congress in support of climate change and energy reform last year, World Resources Institute President Jonathan Lash remarked that “nature does not do bailouts.”

Punitive taxes would cost jobs, hitting economy

The surest way to rejuvenate our ailing economy, create American jobs, and strengthen our energy security is through an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that encourages production of our vast domestic resources. We can and should utilize all of the energy available to us, including natural gas, oil, coal, and nuclear — along with emerging alternative energy sources like wind, biofuels, geothermal, and solar.

Bill creates jobs and cuts energy costs for homes

With so many Americans out of work, protecting existing jobs and creating new ones is a top priority. Over the next several weeks and months, Congress will be considering a variety of proposals to strengthen our nation’s economy and help millions of Americans find good-paying, dependable jobs.

America risks losing race in clean energy technology

A year ago, CEOs from some of our nation’s leading companies testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee in support of comprehensive energy legislation, including a national cap on carbon emissions. Their message was simple: The right legislation could create millions of clean energy jobs by unlocking private investment in technologies that cut pollution and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

SEC’s new climate guidelines make no sense

What does a Catholic diocese in the Virgin Islands have in common with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s foundation and a group of retired firefighters from Colorado? Just this: Each was cheated by Bernard Madoff in the largest Ponzi scheme of American history while officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission wore blinders to work.

Independence calls for broad array of sources

Almost two years ago, I embarked on a unique journey through my district in north-central Minnesota. I met with families and business owners to discuss the pressing issue that summer: the rising cost of energy. I heard the people say they wanted solutions that would solve this ongoing crisis, yet a year and a half later, America is no closer to energy independence. Quietly, gas prices rose almost a whole dollar per gallon in the past year and innovation remains slow and cumbersome. In 2008, I supported the American Energy Act introduced by House Republicans as an “all-of-the-above” solution that includes alternative energy development, and yes, even domestic drilling, as the way forward to a safer, cheaper and greener America.

Stakeholders should negotiate new treaty

As the highly anticipated United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen got into full swing last December, a problem emerged: The 15,000-seat Bella Center wasn’t big enough to accommodate the 40,000-plus negotiators, observers and attendees who were there to craft the next big climate treaty.

All-of-the-above approach needed for U.S. to achieve energy security

Energy security directly affects every sector of the U.S. economy. We all agree that we need to reduce our reliance on foreign oil, reduce energy costs for all Americans, and increase efficiency, reliability and safety. How we achieve these goals, unfortunately, remains elusive.

OPEC would benefit from ongoing failure by lawmakers to act

America’s national security and our economy would improve if we enact laws in 2010 that will reduce the dependence of U.S. transportation upon oil. Doing so would also reduce transportation’s carbon footprint. There are a number of bipartisan bills with widespread stakeholder support that would achieve all of these goals.