Louie Gohmert on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Nov 09, 2010

Summary

Congressman Gohmert does not believe in man made global-warming, likening the the falsification of data to fraud. He opposes cap-and-trade systems, such as the one that was passed in the US House. He supports expanded drilling, and exploration and drilling in ANWR.

 

Global Warming and Fraud

In December of 2009, Congressman Gohmert spoke about his beliefs that the data being used to promote the concept of man-made global warming is questionable and the entire idea is most likely a fraud.

 

Opposition to cap-and-trade

Representative Gohmert spoke on the house floor about how the cap-and-trade legislations would be the death nail for some families.

Congressman Gohmert also spoke about the damage that could be done to the US economy by installing a cap-and-trade system which essentially just takes money from the US and gives it to third world countries.

 

Support for "Drill Here, Drill Now"

In a web address in October of 2008, Congressman Gohmert discusses his support for drilling in ANWR and drilling onto shale in other parts of the country.

 

Opposition to Government Regulation of Shale

In a 2009 press statement, Congressman Gohmert noted his opposition to the possibility of federal regulation of the shale reserves in Texas.

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. Louie Gohmert voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Louie Gohmert 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. Louie Gohmert voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Louie Gohmert 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. Louie Gohmert voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Louie Gohmert 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. Louie Gohmert voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Louie Gohmert 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. Louie Gohmert voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Louie Gohmert 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. Louie Gohmert voted against the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Louie Gohmert 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 Louie Gohmert voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Louie Gohmert 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. Louie Gohmert voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

Louie Gohmert voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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 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 Res 1282; Drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf - Cosponsor

Encourages the President to revoke the Executive memorandum banning energy production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Urges the President to work with Congress to increase the production of American energy

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3059; CAFE Standards - Cosponsor

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

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 97; Free Industry Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Clean Air Act to: (1) exclude from the definition of the term "air pollutant" carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride; and (2) declare that nothing in the Act shall be treated as authorizing or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming.

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