Todd Akin on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Oct 19, 2012

Summary

Congressman Akin is a strong supporter of expanded oil and gas exploration and drilling. He has made statements that indicate that he does not believe in man-made global warming, but often cites the need to be conservative and reduce emissions from clean coal and other technologies. He opposes cap-and-trade and similar legislation and the EPA finding on greenhouse gases.

Oil and Coal

In 2001, Congressman Akin supported legislation to fund clean coal technologies and research. He stated that those technologies offer great promise in allowing the U.S. to meet its future energy needs while protecting the environment. In addition to the Clean Coal Act, Congressman Akin supported the SAFE Act. He noted that investments in coal technology over the last 30 years that have reduced pollutants by 21 percent even though coal generation has tripled. He also added that coal provides a clean, affordable and domestic energy source.

In supporting the Energy Policy Act of 2003, Congressman Akin stated that by investing in clean coal technologies, electrical transmission networks, oil and gas exploration and by encouraging hydropower production we ensure that we have a more stable economy and a means to promote future developments.

In 2005, Congressman Akin supported the Gasoline for America’s Security Act, which would increase refinery capacity, increase delivery infrastructure, promote conservation and authorize the creation of a Strategic Petroleum Reserve Expansion Fund, and promotes the development of Hydrogen fuel.

In 2006, Congressman Akin supported the American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act to support drilling in ANWR. That legislation contained an export ban requiring all oil and natural gas produced in ANWR's northern Coastal Plain to stay in America, stringent environmental protections including requirements that the Department of the Interior establish regulations to ensure that drilling will have no significant adverse effect on fish and wildlife and their habitat, and a limit on the total surface area covered by drilling and production facilities to 2,000 acres.

In 2007, Congressman Akin opposed an increase in gas tax. He stated that by increasing taxes on domestic oil and gas we are making American energy less competitive and promoting increased dependence on foreign sources of energy. He stated that the Democrats were like doctors giving the wrong medicine and should look at drilling for American oil and liquefying coal.

In 2008, Congressman Akin also supported the National Ocean Exploration Program Act. That legislation authorized the Ocean Exploration Program and the National Undersea Research Program. Under this authorization, NOAA would be required to work with the National Science Foundation to map out a coordinated national exploration program that promotes collaboration with other Federal ocean exploration programs to prevent duplicative efforts. This bill also would require NOAA to conduct an undersea research, exploration, education, and technology development program that coordinates with similar efforts of the academic and marine and ocean science communities.

That same year, Congressman Akin stated that the Democrats did not seem to have an energy plan. He stated that over the last 8 years, Democrats have voted 90 percent of the time not to develop American energy. He also staetd that whether it was recycling nuclear fuel, drilling in ANWR or in the Outer Continental Shelf, everyone should agree that the time has come to develop American energy.

Still in 2008, Congressman Akin supported the $150 Barrel Energy Extortion Act. That legislation would open the Arctic National Widlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas production, open the Continental shelf to Oil and Gas production, expand the refinery capacity of the U.S.- no refinery has been built in 30 years, and promote the construction of safe new nuclear power plants.

Finally, in 2008 Congressman Akin opposed the Drill Act. He stated that the bill was redundant and provided no new opportunity to expand American energy development, while several sections would actually increase cost of oil production. He called the bill another example of how ideologically opposed to energy development the Democrat party is. He also asserted that the bill did not open up areas where everyone knows oil is readily accessible, but through a bureaucratic slight of hand increases the risk and minimizes potential returns on new drilling.

Climate Change

In opposing the cap-and-trade legislation in 2009, Congressman Akin stated that the job killing tax will not be burdened equally geographically, and Midwestern states with less access to renewable energy and economies already hard-hit by downturns in manufacturing will be hammered more severely.

In two long floor speeches, Congressman Akin noted several examples in the last century in which scientests have warned of impending ice ages or global warming catastrophes and warned of over reacting to the latest threats.

Alternative Fuels

In supporting the Energy Policy Act of 2003, Congressman Akin stated that by encouraging research into new forms of energy including hydrogen-powered automobiles and renewable energy production programs, we are looking to the future..

Yucca Mountain

Congressman Akin supports the use of Yucca mountain to dispose of nuclear waste. He stated that the consolidation of spent nuclear fuel from many individual sites around the country to a single, well guarded location will help protect our environment, improve national security and is the safest solution for permanent storage.

 

Clean Coal Bill

In June of 2001, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his support for a clean coal bill that he and Congressman Costello introduced.

 

Securing America's Future Act of 2001

In August of 2001, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor in support of a clean coal initiative as part of the Securing America's Future Act of 2001.

 

SAFE Act

In August of 2001, Congressman Akin issued a press statement noting his support for the SAFE Act and the coal initiative.

 

Yucca Mountain

In May of 2002, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his support for the Yucca mountain project.

 

Energy Policy Act of 2003

In November of 2002, Congressman Akin's office released a press statement noting the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2003 and his support for that legislation.

 

Energy Policy Act of 2005

In April of 2005, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his support for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and his view that this policy would advance America's energy independence.

 

Hydrogen Fuel Research

In July of 2005, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his support for increased research on hydrogen fuel cells.

 

Gasoline for America's Security

In October of 2005, Congressman Akin issued a press statement noting his support for the Gasoline for America's Security Act.

 

Oil Exploration in ANWR

In May of 2006, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his support for legislation for opening up ANWR for drilling.

 

Opposition to Gas Tax

In January of 2007, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his opposition to a net tax increase on domestic oil and gas.

 

Democrats Making a Bad Situation Worse

In June of 2007, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor about his opposition to efforts made by Democrats to restrict the exploration of oil and other forms of energy.

 

National Oceanic Exploration Act

In February of 2008, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor in support of the National Oceanic Exploration Act.

 

We Need and Energy Plan

In May of 2008, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor from the viewpoint that we did not have an overall energy plan for the US.

 

Develop American Energy

In June of 2008, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor on the topic of energy and his view that the US needed to develop its own energy plan.

 

Energy Extortion Act

In June of 2008, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his intention to introduce the Energy Extortion Act of 2008.

 

The Drill Act

In July of 2008, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his opposition to the Drill Act.

 

Opposition to Cap-and-Trade

In June of 2009, Congressman Akin released a press statement noting his oppostion to the proposed cap-and-trade legislation.

 

Cap-and-Trade

In June of 2009, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor about the proposed policy of cap-and-trade and the effects that it would have on the country.

 

Each Person's Share of Cap-and-Trade

In June of 2009, Congressman Akin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the cap-and-trade program and what it would cost each person.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

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. Todd Akin voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted against the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Todd Akin 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 Todd Akin voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Todd Akin 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. Todd Akin voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

Todd Akin 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 Todd Akin voted in favor of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

Todd Akin voted in favor of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

 

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.

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 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.

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.

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