Mike Pence on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Jan 20, 2011

Official Website Statements

 

Energy

Our Energy policy is a national priority. We need to implement a long-term energy plan that balances supply and demand, ensures reliable and affordable supplies of energy for the future, and provides responsible stewardship of the nation's resources. The American people deserve more access to American energy. High energy prices hurt everyone, especially those with low incomes, and weaken our overall economy.

Along with my colleagues, I have offered an "All of the Above" Energy Strategy that reduces prices at the pump, utilities in the home, and costs for businesses. It would increase the supply of American-made energy, improve conservation and efficiency, and promote new and expanding energy technologies. An "All of the Above" approach is key to solving our energy crisis. It is key to unlocking all of our nations rich natural resources. And it is key to helping hurting Americans everywhere.

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

Energy Independence

Congressman Mike Pence fought for a comprehensive energy plan for America. When the Democrat-controlled Congress adjourned to take a five-week paid vacation, Congressman Pence lead the fight on the House floor to call Congress back into session to do work on our energy crisis.

He fought for a plan that includes conservation, incentives to increase solar, wind and other clean renewable energy sources, and an increase in America's domestic production of oil by building more refineries and drilling here and now.  

 

Voting Record

Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act

The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act would have hastened the sale of drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. It passed the House 266-149, but was never brought up for a vote in the Senate. Mike Pence voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Mike Pence voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011

The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 would have prevented the EPA from passing any tax on greenhouse gases and excluded GHGs from the definition of air pollutants. Mike Pence voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Mike Pence voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

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. Mike Pence voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Mike Pence voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008

In February of 2008, the US House passed the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008. Among other things, the bill created tax incentives for renewable energy. The bill was widely supported by Democrats and mostly opposed by Republicans. It never came '); echo('up for a vote in the US Senate, but passed the US House in a 236-182 vote. Mike Pence voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Mike Pence voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008

In September of 2008, the House passed what was called the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008. Among other things, the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008 created tax credits for renewable electricity, and paid for those credits with PAYGO offsets. The bill had widespread Democratic support and Republican opposition, but passed with a vote of 257-166. Mike Pence voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Mike Pence voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

In May of 2008, The US House passed the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. The Act created tax incentives for energy production and conservation. The bill was largely supported by the Democrats and largely opposed by the Republicans. The bill passed the House in a 263-160 vote. Mike Pence voted against the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Mike Pence voted against the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007

Among other things, the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007 removed oil & gas exploration subsidies. The bill passed the House in January '); echo('and passed the Senate in June. In the House, the bill was supported by almost all Democrats and opposed by a majority of Republicans. It passed with a 264-163 vote Mike Pence voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Mike Pence voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2007 or NOPEC

The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2007 or NOPEC. The bill Amends the Sherman Act to declare it to be illegal and a violation of the Act for any foreign state or instrumentality thereof to act collectively or in combination with any other foreign state or any other person, whether by cartel or any other association or form of cooperation or joint action, to limit the production or distribution of oil, natural gas, or any other petroleum product (petroleum), to set or maintain the price of petroleum, or to otherwise take any action in restraint of trade for petroleum, when such action has a direct, substantial, and reasonably foreseeable effect on the market, supply, price, or distribution of petroleum in the United States. The bill was not brought up in the US Senate, but passed the House in a 345-72 vote. Mike Pence voted against the NOPEC Act.

Mike Pence voted against the NOPEC Act.

Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003

The Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 dealt with reducing the amount of hazardous fuel on federal land, watershed forestry assistance, a healthy forests reserve program, and other items. '); echo('The bill passed the House 256-170 Mike Pence voted in favor of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

Mike Pence voted in favor of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 680; To prohibit United States contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Cosponsor

Prohibits the President from making contributions on behalf of the United States to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2927; CAFE Standards - Cosponsor

To increase the corporate average fuel economy standards for automobiles, to promote the domestic development and production of advanced technology vehicles, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2784; National Environment and Energy Development Act - Cosponsor

To greatly enhance the Nation's environmental, energy, economic, and national security by terminating long-standing Federal prohibitions on the domestic production of abundant offshore supplies of natural gas, to dedicate fixed percentages of the resultant royalties for environmental restoration projects, renewable energy and carbon sequestration research, and weatherization and energy assistance for those in need, and to share a portion of such royalties with producing States, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6108; Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

To provide for exploration, development, and production activities for mineral resources on the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 97; Free Industry Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Clean Air Act to: (1) exclude from the definition of the term "air pollutant" carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride; and (2) declare that nothing in the Act shall be treated as authorizing or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming.

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