Paul Hodes on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Sep 28, 2010

Summary

Congressman Hodes has not specifically addressed man-made global-warming. He has shown strong support for programs that are specifically geared to reducing carbon emissions. He voted for and supports the cap-and-trade program in the house, touting it as a job creator for green collar jobs.

Congressman Hodes supports the moratorium on offshore drilling in place after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. he supports alternative energy and biomass.

 

Support for Oil Drilling Moratorium

Congressman Hodes has referred to support for an extensive drilling policy as "spill baby spill" in reference to the "drill baby drill" slogan of drilling supporters.

 

Support for cap-and-trade

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

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. Paul Hodes voted in favor of the Cap and Trade program.

Paul Hodes 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. Paul Hodes voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Paul Hodes 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. Paul Hodes voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Paul Hodes 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. Paul Hodes voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

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

Paul Hodes 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. Paul Hodes voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

Paul Hodes voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4959; Global Conservation Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Directs the President, through the Coordinator for Global Conservation, to establish the International Conservation Strategy to help combat global natural resource and biodiversity degradation in developing countries. Directs the Coordinator to establish the Interagency Working Group on Global Conservation. Directs the President to establish the President's Advisory Committee for Global Conservation. Urges the President to work with the world's major foreign assistance donor countries to: (1) develop an international conservation assistance strategy; (2) identify multilateral coordinating mechanisms; and (3) promote existing multilateral initiatives designed to identify meaningful levels of interim funding for forest conservation in developing countries.

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 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 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 5058; Alaskan Oil Drilling Leases - Cosponsor

To prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from selling any oil and gas lease for any tract in the Lease Sale 193 Area of the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region until the Secretary determines whether to list the polar bear as a threatened species or an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes.

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