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ENERGY

I am committed to implementing smarter energy policies that will strengthen our national security, grow our economy, and protect our environment.   I serve as a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and as co-Chair of the Oil and National Security Caucus.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

I strongly support greater use of alternative fuels and vehicles to help reduce consumers’ fuel costs, minimize pollution and increase our nation’s energy security.

I am a co-author of the bipartisan Open Fuel Act that would require 50 percent of new cars in 2020, 80 percent in 2021 and in each subsequent year, to operate on nonpetroleum fuels, in addition to or instead of petroleum based fuels.  And I have authored amendments to appropriations bills to require that new Federal-owned or leased vehicles by various Federal agencies be alternative fuel vehicles.

Clean Energy

I am working to help unleash America’s clean energy revolution, and the jobs that accompany it, by supporting investments in alternative sources of energy like wind, solar and geothermal power. The energy choices we make today will have huge consequences for our health, our climate, and our economy for decades to come.

Climate Change

I am deeply disappointed that President Trump has decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, the most comprehensive global climate agreement in history. This shortsighted decision imperils the planet, threatens our future economic health and growth, and damages our relations with allies.

Climate change is a global crisis, and in times of crisis the rest of the world has traditionally looked to the United States for leadership. What does it say when the President of the United States not only abdicates that responsibility, but openly chooses to ignore scientific facts and evidence? Whether the president and his administration want to admit it, climate change is real, it is driven by human activity, and it cannot be ignored.

We have a moral obligation, not just to our children and our grandchildren, but to ourselves. This is not a problem that is decades away from taking root; we are already seeing the effects of our changing climate through excess flooding, stronger storm systems, erratic weather patterns, and extreme drought. Greenhouse gases also wreak havoc on human health, increasing the risk of ailments from asthma to heart disease. We cannot continue living with our heads in the sand, recklessly consuming fossil fuels and expanding our carbon footprint.

I am fighting tooth and nail to preserve the laws that keep our air clean, our waters pure, and our land green. And whether it's promoting the use of clean fuels in our power sector, championing the development of efficient vehicles and the diversification of fuel sources in our transportation sector, or working with the Army Corps to improve estuaries in Mamaroneck, supporting projects to improve Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, or helping to designate Yonkers as an Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership city, I will continue to be at the forefront of this fight both at home and in Washington. 

LIHEAP

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides a crucial safety net for our nation’s low-income households by helping them meet their vital heating and air conditioning needs. The Republican Majority has proposed cuts to LIHEAP, but I will continue fighting to fund LIHEAP at fully authorized levels.

Oil Companies

Big Oil continues to enjoy billions of dollars in tax breaks, while making record profits.  We cannot conduct a serious debate about the budget deficit without cutting unnecessary subsides for the Big 5 Oil companies.  These tax breaks worsen the deficit, weaken our energy security and undermine our ability to drive investment into renewable energy sources.

I introduced the Offending Oil Polluters Act, which would prohibit “offending oil polluters” from receiving tax benefits for costs associated with an oil spill for which they are responsible.  It would prevent the American taxpayer from subsidizing the cleanup for a disaster that could and should have been prevented.  This legislation was in direct response to the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster.

I am an original cosponsor of the Big Oil Welfare Repeal Act, which would repeal the Domestic Production Activities Deduction for major oil producers.