Shelley Berkley on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Oct 29, 2012

Summary

Congresswoman Berkley believes in man-made global warming and programs to address the danger such as cap-and-trade. She strongly supports ending tax breaks and subsidies for oil and nuclear and creating those programs for alternative energy. She has stated that the Saudis don’t control the wind and Venezuela doesn’t own the sun.

Global Warming

Congresswoman Berkley often cites the need to reduce global warming and climate change as reasons for tax breaks and subsidies for alternative energy. In 2009, Congresswoman Berkley stated that the impacts of global climate change are already being seen in reduced water flows along the Colorado and other rivers vital to Nevada and our neighbors and that unless we act, scientists tells us that droughts will continue to become more severe, leaving fewer water resources to meet the needs of our communities and threatening to permanently alter the future of Nevada's unique desert ecosystem.

Cap-and-Trade

In 2009, Congresswoman Berkley supported the Clean Energy and Security Act, stating that the legislation would unleash investment in more renewable power, create millions of new jobs across America, and spur Nevada's efforts to become a leader in the use and development of solar and other clean energy technology. She added that the program would cut the use of oil and petroleum products by two million barrels a day by 2030 and that the legislation was good for business, good for communities, good for our environment and good for national security.

Congresswoman Berkley has also co-sponsored the Safe Climate Act of 2007, and the Climate Market, Auction, Trust & Trade Emissions Reduction System Act of 2008 to create cap-and-trade systems.

Oil and Drilling

In 2003, Congresswoman Berkley opposed the Energy Policy Act of 2003, stating that the bill would increase dependence on oil and nuclear and that this was 20th century thinking.

In 2007, Congresswoman Berkley supported the Clean Energy Act of 2007 which would repeal $14 billion in subsidies and tax breaks for oil companies and set aside the funding to be invested in renewable power resources, alternative fuels and energy efficiency. She noted that the big five oil companies made $97 billion in profits while consumers were gouged with $3 per gallon prices at the pump.

In 2008, Congresswoman Berkley supported the Commodity Market Transparency and Accountability Act stating that oil speculation adds $20 to $60 to the price of oil.

Nuclear and Yucca Mountain

In opposing the Energy Policy Act of 2003, Congresswoman Berkley stated that there was no safe way to dispose of nuclear waste. In 2004, she chastized the Bush administration for dumping money into the Yucca Mountain project despite the fact that it is an unsafe and ridiculous proposal.

In 2006, Congresswoman Berkley called Yucca Mountain a disaster waiting to happen. She stated that Yucca Mountain had already been proven to be unsafe, unworkable and too expensive to ever construct, and that waste should remain where it is produced. Later that year, she opposed efforts to eliminate a restriction on the amount of waste that can be stored inside Yucca Mountain, stating that she opposed allowing more nuclear waste to be dumped in Nevada and increasing the number of waste shipments that would have to travel along America’s roads and railways.

In late 2006, Congresswoman Berkley opposed efforts to open the Yucca Mountain project in 2017. She stated that the Bush Administration other Republicans were trying to turn Nevada into a nuclear garbage dump. She asserted tht strong scientific evidence has clearly demonstrated that Yucca Mountain will not protect Nevadans from deadly radioactive waste.

In 2008, Congresswoman Berkley objected to money that was added to a larger bill to finance the Yucca mountain project noting that spending the $100 billion on Yucca Mountain would not save drivers one penny at the pump or create more solar, wind or geothermal energy in Nevada.

In 2009, when the Yucca Mountain project was cancelled, Congresswoman Berkley stated that two decades prior, the nation made a mistake when we stopped looking for new technology to address the nation's nuclear waste and started down the path to a dump chosen solely for political reasons.

The FREE Act

In 2006, Congresswoman Berkley introduced the FREE Act, stating that the legislation would cut wasteful tax breaks to oil and gas producers and nuclear operators and invests those dollars in clean, renewable resources that will promote energy independence.

The FREE Act would repeal subsidies for nuclear energy, repeal oil and gas tax breaks, repeal other oil and gas subsidies, suspend royalty relief for oil and gas, raise average fuel economy standards to 33 mpg by 2015, extend renewable electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC) for five years, extend and modify the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar, fuel cell and geothermal properties, extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for residential energy efficient properties, create a small wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC), fund geothermal research, create a 20 percent Federal Renewable Portfolio Standard, strengthen the federal energy purchase requirement, and create a school renewable energy grant program.

Renewable Energy Permitting Act

In 2009, Congresswoman Berkley supported the Renewable Energy Permitting Act. That legislation woudl direct a portion of the federal rental revenue generated by green energy projects to the states and counties where they are located. Specifically, the program would allocate 50 percent to states, 25 percent to counties, and 20 percent to a Renewable Energy Permit Processing Improvement Fund for permitting offices.

Renewable Portfolio Standard

In 2007, Congresswoman Berkley supported a national Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that would require a given set of energy within the US to be generated by renewable energy. She stated that one of the best ways to create a nationwide renewable energy marketplace is through an RPS that will encourage the production of more solar, wind and geothermal power.

Congresswoman Berkley supported the Energy Independence and Security Act which has a RPS. The FREE Act, which Congresswoman Berkley wrote, also contained a RPS.

CAFE Standards

In 2007, Congresswoman Berkley suppported the Energy Independence and Security Act, which would have increased the efficiency of vehicles to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

In 2007, Congresswoman Berkley co-sponsored the Fuel Economy Reform Act, which would increase the CAFE standards by 4mpg per year.

 

Energy Policy Act of 2003

In April of 2003, Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor about her opposition to the Energy Policy Act of 2003 and urged other Congressmen to vote against it.

 

Energy Policies

In June of 2004, Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor stating that in her view, the energy policies being put forth by the Bush administration were only benefiting special interests.

 

Bush Energy Policy A Disaster

In January of 2006, Congresswoman Berkely issued a press statement calling the Bush initiative on nuclear energy a disaster.

 

Limits on Waste at Yucca Mountain

In April of 2006, Congresswoman Berkeley issued a press statement noting her opposition to Bush administration activities to increase the amount of waste that could be stored in Yucca Mountain.

 

Interim Nuclear Site

In June of 2006, Congresswoman Berkeley issued a press statement noting her view that if we can wait 25 years to use Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste site, then it is not needed.

 

2017 Yucca Mountain Date

In July of 2006, Congresswoman Berkeley issued a press statement noting her opposition to opening the Yucca mountain facility in 2017.

 

The FREE Act

In July of 2006, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her introduction of the FREE Act.

 

CLEAN Energy Act of 2007

In January of 2007, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007.

 

Renewable Portfolio Standard

In October of 2007, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for the Renewable Portfolio Standard and her urging of President Bush to accept those provisions.

 

Energy Independence and Security Act

In December of 2007, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

 

Green Jobs and Energy Independence

In February of 2008, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for the passage of the Green Jobs and Energy Indepedence Act.

 

The FREE Act and Climate Change

In April of 2008, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support again for the FREE Act in addressing climate change through clean energy jobs.

 

Pork Spending at Yucca Mountain

In September of 2008, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her opposition to a new plan to spend money on the Yucca mountain project.

 

Curbing Oil Speculation

In September of 2008, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for legislation to curb oil speculation through the Commodity Market Transparent and Accountability Act.

 

Renewable Energy Permitting Act

In May of 2009, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for the Renewable Energy Permitting Act.

 

Ending Spending at Yucca Mountain

In March of 2009, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for ending the Yucca mountain facility spending.

 

Clean Energy and Security Act

In June of 2009, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for the Clean Energy and Security Act which would have created a cap-and-trade system. She also spoke on the House floor that same month in support of the legislation.

 

 

Repeal of Big Oil Tax Breaks

In May of 2011, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting a letter sent to Chairman Camp asking that tax breaks for big oil companies be ended.

 

End of Yucca Mountain

In January of 2010, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her support for the ending of the Yucca mountain facility and the creation of a blue ribbon panel to address new nuclear alternatives.

 

Clean Energy Jobs Bill

In March of 2010, Congresswoman Berkley spoke on the House floor in support of the Clean Energy Jobs bill.

 

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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Shelley Berkley 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.

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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Cap and Trade program.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of 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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of 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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Shelley Berkley 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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of 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 Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of 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. Shelley Berkley cast a "No Vote"

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 Shelley Berkley voted against the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

Shelley Berkley voted against the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1506; Fuel Economy Reform Act - Cosponsor

To increase fuel economy standards for automobiles, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1590; Safe Climate Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6316; Climate Market, Auction, Trust & Trade Emissions Reduction System Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

To reduce global greenhouse gas emissions through the creation of a domestic carbon market and international trade measures, and to direct the revenue therefrom to public interests.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3220; New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act - Cosponsor

Moving the United States toward greater energy independence and security, developing innovative new technologies, reducing carbon emissions, creating green jobs, protecting consumers, increasing clean renewable energy production, and modernizing our energy infrastructure.

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 5560; Right to Clean Vehicles Act - Cosponsor

To permit California and other States to effectively control greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2758; Northern California Ocean and Coastal Protection Act - Cosponsor

To permanently prohibit oil and gas leasing off the coast of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties in the State of California, and for other purposes.

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