Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in response to the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “As Attorney General, Jeff Sessions actively undermined voting rights and civil rights. Sessions has a horrific record when it comes to protecting the individual rights of American citizens, and I expressed my serious concerns with him at … 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, all while fighting climate change.
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 can use these clean and renewable energy sources, as well as fuel cells, geothermal energy, and bio-fuels, to create 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:
- Consistently supported legislation to make renewable and alternative energies more affordable for consumers through tax credits and funding for research and development.
- Introduced the High-Performance Buildings Act, which improves the energy costs and health of people living in affordable housing units.
- Voted against the North American Energy and Infrastructure Act of 2015, which does not adequately invest in clean energy or address climate change.
- Supported legislation that extended renewable energy tax credits beyond 2009.
- Cosponsored legislation to develop stricter emissions standards for power plants.
- 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.
- Supported responsible funding increases for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, which identifies and promotes energy efficient consumer products.