Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), the Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee, today announced the inclusion of a package of provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will provide critical support for the U.S. Department of Energy’s ongoing cleanup mission at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state. “It is … READ MORE
The United States must be committed to creating an energy policy that allows us to be independent from foreign sources, bring down costs for all Americans, and invest in new alternative energy technologies.
In order to protect consumers from skyrocketing energy prices that are crippling many businesses in the Puget Sound region, we must implement policies that will make our energy sources more reliable and diverse.
Traditional fossil-fuel energy sources like natural gas, oil, and coal are in limited supply and must be used wisely. With that in mind, we must embrace the use of alternative, renewable energy sources and promote efficient use of our current sources. Wind and solar power, once thought to impractical on a mass-scale, have become increasingly cost-competitive with fossil fuels. We need to encourage greater research and development so that we might use these clean and renewable energy sources. Fuel cells, geothermal energy, and bio-fuels are just a few of the energy technologies that should be developed for further use in order to get us back to a more self-sustainable America.
Not only will embracing new energy technology make our economy flourish and our environment cleaner, but it will also allow America to once again be a world leader in energy innovation. Instead of relying on oil imports from foreign sources we can develop and export the fuel cells, solar panels, smart grid infrastructure, and other innovative technologies that will continue to create good American jobs and help the rest of the world develop cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable sources of energy.
Adam’s work on Energy:
- Voted against the North American Energy and Infrastructure Act of 2015, which does not adequately invest in clean energy or address climate change.
- Consistently supported legislation to make renewable and alternative energies more affordable for consumers through tax credits and funding for research and development. Supported legislation that extended renewable energy tax credits beyond 2009.
- Introduced the High-Performance Buildings Act, which improves the energy costs and health of people living in affordable housing units.
- Consistently supported legislation to increase Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, making cars more fuel-efficient, and backed passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act, which revised and improved fuel economy standards for the first time in several decades.
- Sponsored the Department of Defense Energy Security Act of 2011, which seeks to increase the DoD’s energy security by focusing investment and research in alternative energy technologies for military equipment and operations.
- Cosponsored legislation to develop stricter emissions standards for power plants.
- Supported responsible funding increases for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, which identifies and promotes energy efficient consumer products.