Michael McMahon on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Official Website Statements

Energy and Climate Change

America needs a comprehensive energy policy that invests in new energy infrastructure, protects our national security and preserves our environment. The only way we are going to reduce our dependence on foreign oil is to embrace clean and sustainable energy sources. I support the use of clean-fuel vehicles, and the development of a smart electrical grid for the 21st century. We also must encourage the research and deployment of wind, solar, natural gas and other forms of alternative energy. In fact, promoting the use of clean energy will not only help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it will also help us create good paying green jobs here in the United States. But as we work to reduce our carbon pollution we must work to improve energy efficiency and reliability, so that energy is not only clean, but affordable and sustainable.

 

 

 

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. Michael McMahon voted in favor of the Cap and Trade program.

Michael McMahon voted in favor of the Cap and Trade program.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5041; SEAM Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Security in Energy and Manufacturing Act of 2010 or the SEAM Act of 2010 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand the qualifying advanced energy project credit by allocating in 2010 $5 billion of grants or tax credit amounts to manufacturers of goods and components (other than for assembly of components) in the United States that are used in alternative energy projects.

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