Tom Latham on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Oct 09, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Energy

I have been working hard to reduce the rising costs of energy on Iowans. In recent years, the cost of gasoline, diesel, natural gas and propane has reached historic levels and is a huge burden on family budgets. Washington and Congress have been an absolute failure on this issue. They have provided no leadership to lower the price of gasoline by a single penny.

I continue to work to devise a strategy that secures America’s energy independence today and tomorrow.

We know that America is too reliant upon energy from unstable foreign nations that do not have the best interest of Americans at heart. I believe that in order for America to become truly energy independent, we must push for comprehensive energy reform that invests in an all-of-the-above approach to energy that embraces conservation and efficiency as well as renewable fuels (ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel), wind, solar, geothermal and nuclear energy and expanded safe and responsible energy exploration in this country. We must implement a comprehensive approach to strengthen America’s energy independence.

One misguided proposal that I have fought against is the so called “Cap and Trade” plan. I believe that Cap-and-Trade proposals are nothing more than a national energy tax that has the potential to raise energy bills in Iowa by an average of 25 percent and cause American jobs to be shipped overseas in the middle of one of the deepest recessions in decades.

 

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. Tom Latham voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Tom Latham 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. Tom Latham voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Tom Latham 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. Tom Latham voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Tom Latham 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. Tom Latham voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Tom Latham 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. Tom Latham voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Tom Latham 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. Tom Latham voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Tom Latham 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 Tom Latham voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Tom Latham 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. Tom Latham voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

Tom Latham voted in favor of 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 Tom Latham voted in favor of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

Tom Latham voted in favor of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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 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.

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