Ann Kirkpatrick on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Oct 04, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Clean Energy

 

I support and encourage renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which will improve our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, lower energy costs, and create thousands of new, good-paying jobs right here in Arizona. I challenged the White House and Congressional leadership by voting against Cap and Trade because it would raise energy costs for working families and kill jobs at local coal plants, small businesses, farms and ranches in Greater Arizona. In these tough economic times, folks simply cannot afford to lose their jobs. One example of jobs created by renewable energy sources is the Dry Lake Wind Project in Navajo County, which created over 200 jobs and will supply energy to over 15,000 residences. I have also worked with the Department of Energy to create jobs in our communities through the Renewable Energy Grant Program, which funded energy efficiency projects in dozens of schools and buildings through Greater Arizona. I understand the need to balance economic and environmental concerns, and I remain committed to creating jobs by bringing renewable energy projects to Arizona.

 

Voting Record

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (Cap-and-Trade)

Also known as Cap and Trade, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 sought to create a system of carbon credits which would be issued to each business, and dictated the amount of carbon each business was allowed to put into the evironment through the creation of goods or the use of energy. When a company exceed the amount of carbon allocated to it (exceeded it\'s cap), it could then trade or purchase carbon credits from businesses below their allocated level. The bill passed the house in a 219-212 vote, but was never brought up for a vote in the Senate. Ann Kirkpatrick voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Ann Kirkpatrick voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H J Res 76; Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding - Cosponsor

Disapproves the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 15, 2009, relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

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