Paul Ryan on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Aug 28, 2012

Boutique Fuels Reduction Act of 2004

In September of 2004, Congressman Ryan released a press statement noting his support for legislation designed to reduce the number of boutique fuels that could be produced. In April of 2005, the legislation was reintroduced as HR 1493. 

 

Energy Policy Act of 2005

In April of 2005, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his support for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which contained the Boutique Fuels Reduction Act and a number of other measures to address fuel consumption. This legislation passed the House in July of 2005.

 

American Made Energy and Good Jobs Act

In May of 2006, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his support for the American Made Energy and Good Jobs Act. This legislation would allow for drilling in ANWR and included an export ban on oil from that region.

 

Refinery Process Schedule Act

In June of 2006, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his support for the Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act and the passage of that legislation through the House.

 

Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

In January of 2007, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his opposition to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. 

 

Opposition to Democratic Energy Plans

In August of 2007, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his opposition to and recent votes against two Democratic energy bills. He gives a list of reasons as to why he opopsed the legislation and discusses an amendment he supported.

 

Support for Outer Continental Drilling

In July of 2008, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his support for moving on drilling in the outer continental shelf.

 

American Energy Act

In September of 2008, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his support for the American Energy Act.

 

Comprehensive Energy Act

In September of 2008, Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his opposition to the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act.

 

Opposition to Cap-and-Trade Legislation

On June 26, 2009 Congressman Ryan issued a press statement noting his opposition to the recently proposed cap-and-trade legislation. He also spoke on the House floor in opposition to the legislation.

 

 

Official Website Statements

 

 

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. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Paul Ryan 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. Paul Ryan voted against the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Paul Ryan 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 Paul Ryan voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

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

Paul Ryan voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

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 Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

Paul Ryan voted in favor of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

 

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-110; Bill Number-H R 2927; CAFE Standards - Cosponsor

To increase the corporate average fuel economy standards for automobiles, to promote the domestic development and production of advanced technology vehicles, 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

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