Lynn Jenkins on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Jun 13, 2012

Campaign Website Statements

Energy Independence

As America’s need for energy grows, it's important we take a pro-active approach that focuses on innovation and long-term solutions to our mounting energy crisis. There are a lot of great ideas out there to help our nation reach energy independence. The problem is too many people have a narrow approach to energy. Instead of focusing only on drilling or alternative energy, we need to bring them all to the table in an "all of the above" approach. That includes wind, solar, nuclear, clean coal, and expanded domestic drilling and oil exploration. We can't shift our entire economy to alternative fuels overnight, but we can start small and take it step by step. Kansas has a role in helping our nation reach energy independence and I will continue to work to be part of that solution.

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. Lynn Jenkins voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Lynn Jenkins 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. Lynn Jenkins voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Lynn Jenkins 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. Lynn Jenkins voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Lynn Jenkins voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

 

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-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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