Blaine Luetkemeyer on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Jun 12, 2012

2012 Campaign Website Statements

Energy Independence

It is more important than ever that we work to free ourselves from our independence on energy sources from foreign nations, many of which openly oppose us. The first step in energy independence is for us to harness all of our own resources, whether oil, coal, nuclear, solar, or wind. We must drill for oil in ANWR and off of our shores; we cannot afford to leave these resources untapped. Our nation needs to make nuclear energy development a priority. We also need to encourage the development of technologies that can help us provide energy for future generations like clean coal, biofuels, solar, and wind energy.

Cap and Trade

Our nation cannot afford an energy tax, and Blaine is committed to preventing liberals from enacting one – either through the legislature or by using the EPA. Cap and trade will do nothing but reduce our nation's ability to compete in the world economy and dramatically increase the amount that the average family pays for electricity - all at a time when government should be looking into ways to increase our economic strength and let families keep more of their hard-earned money. Blaine voted against this destructive bill, and he will continue to fight to keep liberals from implementing this irresponsible policy.

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. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Blaine Luetkemeyer 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. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Blaine Luetkemeyer 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. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Blaine Luetkemeyer voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 680; To prohibit United States contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Prime Sponsor

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 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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