Travis Childers on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Sep 02, 2010

Official Website Statements

Energy

 

During my first summer in Congress, nearly every American was affected by soaring gasoline prices, which peaked around $150 dollars a barrel. Hard-working families across Mississippi’s First Congressional District shouldn’t be victims of price gouging or over-speculation in the marketplace.

As the only member of the Mississippi delegation to serve on the House Agriculture Committee, I am regularly involved in legislative discussions surrounding energy reform, including the use of alternative energy sources that can help reduce American dependence on foreign oil.

I have routinely voted for measures to help increase domestic energy production and supply while also protecting our environment, and I support increased drilling capacity in the continental U.S. Earlier this year, I voted against “cap and trade” legislation that I felt would have a disproportionately negative effect on Southern regions, as well as the agriculture industry.

I am also committed to research initiatives that can help increase American energy independence. North Mississippi has a vast agricultural resource base, which can be used as a source of alternative fuels and energy infrastructure. Any comprehensive energy plan needs to incorporate the resources Mississippians produce on a daily basis.

 

Voting Record

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. Travis Childers voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Travis Childers voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

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. Travis Childers voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Travis Childers 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. Travis Childers voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Travis Childers voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H J Res 76; Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding - Cosponsor

Disapproves the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 15, 2009, relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

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