Tammy Baldwin on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Nov 01, 2012

Summary

Congresswoman Baldwin believes in man-made global warming and supports a number of measures to halt the threat, including cap-and-trade programs. She has put forth legislation to create a greenhouse gas registry to catalogue all emissions and carbon labeling of all products so consumers know the carbon footprint of each product. She has also co-sponsored legislationt to ban drilling in the Great Lakes and legislation to help reduce global population to help fight climate change.

Energy Policy Act of 2004

In opposing the Energy Policy Act of 2004, Congresswoman Baldwin stated that the legislation contained tax subsidies to give oil companies more incentive to drill, and added millions more for ``pork'' projects to Members' congressional districts to help muster additional support for the bill. One example she cited was $180 million to build an ``energy efficient'' Hooters Restaurant in Louisiana.

To address energy in the US, Congresswoman Baldwin proposed two scenarios. The first would be to continue on the present course in which the price of oil is not changed and our dependence continues. The second alternative was to initiate an Apollo style program to solve the energy problems in the US.

Energy Policy Act of 2005

In opposing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congresswoman Baldwin stated it failed to directly confront our nation's future energy challenges. She added that the bill provided no solutions, no tools, and no blueprint for reducing our demand for foreign oil or for giving families and small business owners relief at the gas pump. In noting other reasons she opposed the legislation, the Congresswoman cited the lack of language to raise fuel standards and the lack of language to permanently ban drilling in the Great Lakes. She noted that she did support language expanding the use of ethanol and biofuel.

A New Direction

In 2007, Congresswoman Baldwin supported the New Direction for Energy Independence Act. That legislation would have raised a number of energy efficiency items, including using standby power in the calculation of power used by each appliance.

The energy independence bill also included numerous provisions to improve the nation’s energy efficiency, with robust provisions to address smart grid technology, the production of plug-in hybrid vehicle technology, promote research on biofuels and carbon capture and sequestration, increase federal help for local governments to purchase alternative fuel buses, locomotives and ferries, and make the federal government a leader in reducing global warming, by requiring its own operations to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

Energy Independence and Security Act

Congresswoman Baldwin supported the Energy Indepence and Security Act. That legislation increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards  to 35 mpg by 2020. established a loan program for advancing battery technology, established incentives for fleet buying of heavy-duty hybrid vehicles, required the Federal government toreduce petroleum consumption by 20% by 2015 and increase the use of annual alternative fuel by 10% yearly, and increased a number of efficiency standards.

American Clean Energy and Security Act

In 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act which would have createda a cap-and-trade system in the US. She stated that our greenhouse gas emissions have put our global environment, social structure, and national security at peril, and if we fail to act, the impact will reverberate during the later decades of this new century. She added that the volatility of our climate, including floods and droughts, severe weather, and temperature extremes will result in the loss of human lives, increased susceptibility to disease, the extinction of species of animals and plants, destruction of ecosystems, and increased social conflict.

Emissions Monitoring

During discussions on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, Congresswoman Baldwin specifiaclly supported measures to establish a greenhouse gas registry. She stated that the registry would guarantee accurate measurements, consistent reporting, and a publicly available database of our emission levels – the first step necessary to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. She also asserted that a major fault of the European Union’s cap and trade system has been a lack of reliable emissions information and we have learned from their mistakes.

In addition to this, Congresswoman Baldwin co-sponsored the Greenhouse Gas Registry Act to create a national greenhouse gas registry being established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She stated that the information provided by this comprehensive registry will be vital to our understanding of greenhouse gas emissions and any attempt to control them. She again asserted that we have learned from the experience of the European Union that a fair, effective response to the perils of climate change must be based on accurate emissions information and this registry will give us the foundation on which we can build a successful cap and trade program.

Carbon Labeling

In 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin proposed legislation to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a study into the feasibility of establishing a national program for measuring, reporting, and labeling products or material in the U.S. for their carbon content. Once finished, every item purchased would have a label on it telling the consumer the carbon footprint of the item.

Fuel Standards

In 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin proposed legislation to create an Energy-Efficient Motor Rebate Program for the purchase of high-efficiency electric motors, thereby making them more affordable. The rebate would offset the cost difference between the purchase of new high-efficiency motors and the repair or replacement of older, more inefficient motors.

Oil Speculation

In 2012, Congresswoman Baldwin joined with other Congressmen in sending a letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission calling on federal regulators to do their job and protect consumers from those on Wall Street who are selfishly driving up the price of gasoline.

 

Balance in Energy Policy

In May of 2001, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her view that the energy plan needed balance and the need for reliable, renewable energy to address global warming.

 

Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003

In May of 2003, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003 stating that it would erode the protections for the forests.

 

Energy Policy Act of 2004

In June of 2004, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the Energy Policy Act of 2004. She stated that the bill stalled because the Republican leadership insisted on giving liability protection to manufacturers that produce the fuel additive MTBE.

 

Energy Policy Act of 2005

In July of 2005, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her opposition to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She stated that the bill does not lower the US dependence on oil and supports a temporary ban on drilling in the Great Lakes.

 

New Direction For Energy Independence Act

In August of 2007, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her support for the New Direction for Energy Independence Act.

 

Energy Independence and Security Act

In December of 2007, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her support for the Energy Independence and Security Act.

 

American Clean Energy and Security Act

In May of 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting an opening speech she made at a committee on the American Clean Energy and

 

100% Emissions Monitoring

In June of 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her support for provisions within the Clean Energy and Secuity Act to ensure 100% monitoring of carbon emissions.

 

Greenhouse Gas Registration

In January of 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her support for the Greenhouse Gas Registry Act.

 

Carbon Labeling

In September of 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her support for carbon labeling on all products.

 

EPA Report on Carbon Emissions

In September of 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her support for a recent EPA rule to create a greenhouse gas registry to create a 'carbon scale' to place the country on a diet.

 

Fuel Standards

In November of 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her support for legislation to offer incentives for more energy-efficient vehicles.

 

Keystone Pipeline

In July of 2011, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement noting her opposition to speeding up the Keystone pipeline project.

 

Oil Speculation

In March of 2012, Congresswoman Baldwin issued a press statement calling on regulators to do their job and help end the speculation of oil that is driving up prices.

 

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. Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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.

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. Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of the Cap and Trade program.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

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

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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 Tammy Baldwin voted against the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

Tammy Baldwin voted against the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

 

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.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4940; Renewable Fuels Reinvestment Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend through 2015 the income and excise tax credits for alcohol used as fuel, the cellulosic biofuel producer tax credit, and the reduced credit for ethanol blenders. Amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to extend until 2016 the additional tariff on ethyl alcohol blends (ethanol) used as fuel.

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 670; Dependence Reduction through Innovation in Vehicles and Energy Act or DRIVE Act - Cosponsor

To promote the national security and stability of the United States economy by reducing the dependence of the United States on foreign oil through the use of alternative fuels and new vehicle technologies, and for other purposes.

Session-107; Bill Number-H R 1032; Drilling in the Great Lakes - Cosponsor

Prohibits any drilling activity (including any slant or directional drilling) to extract oil or gas from submerged lands in any of the Great Lakes.Authorizes the Attorney General to enforce such prohibition.

Session-107; Bill Number-H Con Res 70; Population Reduction - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should develop, promote, and implement domestic and international policies to: (1) create a sustainable balance between the world's human population and the natural environment; and (2) slow rapid global population growth by voluntary means consistent with human rights and individual conscience.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6877; Greenhouse Gas Registry Act - Prime Sponsor

Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to: (1) determine the quantity of each greenhouse gas that makes the same contribution to global warming as one metric ton of carbon dioxide; and (2) designate as a greenhouse gas any directly emitted anthropogenic gas that is included in the Inventory of the United States Greenhouse Gases and Sinks, one metric ton of which makes the same or greater contribution to global warming as one metric ton of carbon dioxide. Directs each covered entity to report to the Administrator its greenhouse gas emissions for the prior calendar year.Directs the Administrator to issue regulations establishing a federal greenhouse gas registry.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 232; Greenhouse Gas Registry Act - Prime Sponsor

Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to: (1) determine and publish the quantity of each greenhouse gas (GHG) that makes the same contribution to global warming as one metric ton of carbon dioxide; and (2) designate as a GHG any directly emitted anthropogenic gas that is included in the Inventory of the United States Greenhouse Gases and Sinks, one metric ton of which makes the same or greater contribution to global warming as one metric ton of carbon dioxide. Directs each covered entity to report to the Administrator its GHG emissions for the prior calendar year.

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