Scott Brown on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Sep 26, 2012

Summary

Senator Brown has stated that he supports alternative energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil such as wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal and improved hydroelectric facilities. However, he opposes cap-and-trade legislation, noting the President Obama himself stated that the practice would make energy bills skyrocket.

Cape Wind

In 2010, Senator Brown opposed the development of Cape Wind. He stated that project will jeopardize industries that are vital to the Cape’s economy, such as tourism and fishing, and will also impact aviation safety and the rights of the Native American tribes in the area.

 

Cap and Trade

During his 2010 election, Senator Brown made a commercial noting his opposition to cap-and-trade legislation and that the practice would require energy rates to skyrocket. He stated that he supported alternative energy.

 

Opposition to Cape Wind

In April of 2010, Senator Brown released a press statement noting his opposition to the Cape Wind Project.

 

2010 Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Oil Company and Alternative Energy Subsidies

On March 29, 2012 the Senate voted on a cloture motion on legislation to end subsidies to oil companies and to continue subsidies in alternative energy that are scheduled to end. Specifically, the bill would have ended or limited subsidies to oil and natural gas companies while extending subsides for wind companies and biofuel companies. The legislation failed to pass a cloture motion through a mostly party line vote. Scott Brown voted against the legislationt to end oil subsidies.

Scott Brown voted against the legislationt to end oil subsidies.

Keystone Pipeline Approval

In March of 2012, the Senate voted on an amendment proposed by Senator Hoeven to approve the Keystone pipeline project. The amendment passed 56-42 with the support of all Republicans and 1/5 of the Democrats. Scott Brown voted in favor of approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Scott Brown voted in favor of approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Keystone Pipeline - Presidential Waiver

In March of 2012, the Senate voted on an amendment proposed by Senator Wyden to prohibit oil produced in Canada and transported in any part of the Keystone pipeline from being exported unless the President waived the provision. The amendment failed 33-65 with the opposition of all Republicans and 2/5 of the Democrats. Scott Brown voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Scott Brown voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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

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