Dave Loebsack on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

ISSUES | ENERGY

We must create a foundation for a clean energy economy with millions of new jobs that cannot be shipped overseas. We have already seen the benefits in Iowa of a clean energy economy. We only need to look at biofuels, and particularly the wind energy industry, to see the benefits of investing in energy. In this Congressional District alone we have Siemens, Acciona, and Clipper Wind all making different parts of a wind-turbine.

Yet, despite the advances we’ve made in Iowa, America continues to import renewable energy technology. This is unacceptable and puts us at a disadvantage in a growing industry that will be part of tomorrow’s economy. We should become a nation that exports cutting edge technology, with a workforce trained to build it, and a manufacturing sector that will help to lead us into the 21st century economy.

We must craft an energy policy that bolsters our national security and keeps and grows jobs here in America. We need to grow the clean energy economy in the US and reinvigorate the US industrial and manufacturing base. We need to stop sending money overseas for foreign oil to hostile nations.

Our energy policy must be a comprehensive plan that ensures 21st century clean energy jobs in the US and increased domestic production of energy, enhances our national security, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. I look forward to continuing to work toward these goals.

 

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. Dave Loebsack voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Dave Loebsack 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.

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. Dave Loebsack voted in favor of the Cap and Trade program.

Dave Loebsack voted in favor of 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. Dave Loebsack voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Dave Loebsack voted in favor of 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. Dave Loebsack voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Dave Loebsack voted in favor of 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. Dave Loebsack voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Dave Loebsack voted in favor of 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 Dave Loebsack voted in favor of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Dave Loebsack voted in favor of 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. Dave Loebsack voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

Dave Loebsack voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5041; SEAM Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Security in Energy and Manufacturing Act of 2010 or the SEAM Act of 2010 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand the qualifying advanced energy project credit by allocating in 2010 $5 billion of grants or tax credit amounts to manufacturers of goods and components (other than for assembly of components) in the United States that are used in alternative energy projects.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4940; Renewable Fuels Reinvestment Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend through 2015 the income and excise tax credits for alcohol used as fuel, the cellulosic biofuel producer tax credit, and the reduced credit for ethanol blenders. Amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to extend until 2016 the additional tariff on ethyl alcohol blends (ethanol) used as fuel.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1590; Safe Climate Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate.

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