Energy and Environment
I support an all-of-the-above energy approach that increases America’s domestic production and promotes energy independence. Using our plentiful fossil fuel reserves, increasing utilization of renewables and building on advances in energy efficiency, we have the ability to pursue an energy strategy that creates jobs and provides reliable, sustainable and affordable energy to American families and businesses.
Perhaps no state is a better example of this all-of-the-above approach than Iowa. While conventional energy resources continue to make up a significant portion of Iowa’s energy mix, wind power generates over 30 percent of our electricity, more than any other state. Like Iowa, I believe the United States can responsibly take advantage of its abundant natural resources while also emphasizing conservation and efficiency. For this reason, I was proud to support the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 which was signed into law on April 30, 2015. This legislation takes important steps toward improving the energy efficiency of our country’s largest energy user, the federal government. I also am a supporter of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which I believe is a valuable tool designed to promote the use of renewable fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel, helping reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
For years under the Obama administration, federal government bureaucracy prevented construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that would create thousands of jobs and help our nation become more energy independent. Understanding the importance of this project to our economy and energy security, I was an original cosponsor of legislation to approve construction of the pipeline, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, and I am pleased that President Trump issued executive actions to resume the construction of this pipeline.
Like all Americans, I care about leaving this earth clean and beautiful for our future generations. We all want clean water and clean air, and I believe in a common sense and cost-effective way to protect our environment. Any policies designed to protect the environment should take into consideration the impact they will have on American consumers and also on our businesses and their ability to compete globally and create jobs.
It is my belief that the states know best how to protect their natural resources. Many of the decisions made by EPA at the federal level would be better addressed by state officials, because these individuals have the best understanding of their states’ unique environmental and energy challenges.
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