Jason Altmire on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Apr 18, 2012

Summary

Congressman Altmire has not commented on man-made global-warming, but he opposed cap-and-trade legislation. He supports coal, nuclear energy, and solar, and opposed the moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill. He has not stated his views on deep water drilling, or drilling in ANWR.

In 2008, Congressman Altmire supported the NOPEC legislation to stop placing oil into the strategic oil reserve to help reduce the cost of gas. He supports increased CAFE standards to reduce demand for gas and lower costs, and legislation to end speculation in the oil market.

A strong supporter of nuclear energy, Congressman Altmire supported legislation to invest in smaller nuclear power plants. He also supported expanded funding for alternative energy in solar and other areas.

Congressman Altmire supports the Keystone pipeline project and the Marcellus shale project.

 

NOPEC

In May of 2008, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his support for the NOPEC act and his support for removing oil from the strategic reserve to lower prices and from suspending oil subsidies to provide for alternative energy.

 

Support for Nuclear and Clean Coal

In June of 2008, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his support for recent actions to promote nuclear power and clean coal technology.

 

Opposition to Cap and Trade

In June of 2009, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his opposition to cap-and-trade legislation.

 

Solar Technology Road Map

In October of 2009, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his support for legislation to create a Solar Technology Roadmap to address the short, medium, and long term plans for solar power in the US.

 

Marcellus Shale

In April of 2011, Congressman Altmire spoke on the House floor in support of using the Marseilles shale.

 

Comcast Newsmakers

In May of 2011, Congressman Altmire appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss energy policy. In that interview, he states that he supports the use of all available resources for energy generation.

 

Support for Small Nuclear Power Plants

In 2011, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his support for plans to develop small nuclear power plants and to establish a path for the development of nuclear energy in the future.

 

Support for the Keystone

In January of 2012, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his support for the Keystone Pipeline project and his disappointment at President Obama's failure to accept the project.

 

Official 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. Jason Altmire voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Jason Altmire 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. Jason Altmire voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Jason Altmire 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. Jason Altmire voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Jason Altmire 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. Jason Altmire voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Jason Altmire 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. Jason Altmire voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Jason Altmire 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. Jason Altmire voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

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

Jason Altmire 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. Jason Altmire voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

Jason Altmire voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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