Thaddeus McCotter on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Aug 06, 2011

2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements

A Sane Environment and Energy Policy

Our health and welfare depend on having clean air, a safe and plentiful water supply, resilience to floods and droughts, fishable and swimmable waters, and the ability to enjoy the wonders of our great outdoors through our national parks and recreational lands.

As we responsibly transition from fossil fuels to alternative energies, we need to continue seeking reliable, cost-efficient sources of energy by pursuing maximum energy production and free-market, green technological innovations. This includes providing research and development tax credits for businesses and tax deductions for homeowners who increase their energy efficiency. We must also use scientific conservation principles to help focus our environmental protection efforts.

We must stop the federal government and its bureaucrats from pursuing politically motivated policies behind our backs, such as carbon taxes and regulations designed to implement cap and trade. These stealth practices infringe on our property rights and cripple our economy without measurably improving the environment. 

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. Thaddeus McCotter voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Thaddeus McCotter 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. Thaddeus McCotter voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Thaddeus McCotter 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. Thaddeus McCotter voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Thaddeus McCotter 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. Thaddeus McCotter voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Thaddeus McCotter 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. Thaddeus McCotter voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Thaddeus McCotter 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. Thaddeus McCotter voted against the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Thaddeus McCotter 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 Thaddeus McCotter voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Thaddeus McCotter 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. Thaddeus McCotter voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

Thaddeus McCotter 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 Thaddeus McCotter voted in favor of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

Thaddeus McCotter 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-111; Bill Number-H Res 945; International Agreements on Climate Change - Cosponsor

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the conditions for the United States becoming a signatory to or negotiating any international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1431; No Cost Stimulus Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

To stimulate the economy and create jobs at no cost to the taxpayers, and without borrowing money from foreign governments for which our children and grandchildren will be responsible, and for other purposes.

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 670; Dependence Reduction through Innovation in Vehicles and Energy Act or DRIVE Act - Cosponsor

To promote the national security and stability of the United States economy by reducing the dependence of the United States on foreign oil through the use of alternative fuels and new vehicle technologies, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6384; Americans for American Energy Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

To provide a comprehensive plan for greater American energy independence.

Session-110; Bill Number-H Res 1282; Drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf - Cosponsor

Encourages the President to revoke the Executive memorandum banning energy production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Urges the President to work with Congress to increase the production of American energy

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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