Maria Cantwell on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Oct 22, 2012

CAFE Standards

In March of 2002, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her support for raising CAFE standards in recent legislation.

In January of 2007, Senator Cantwell released another press statement noting legislation she was cosponsoring to raise CAFE standards and make other changes geared towards increasing fuel mileage.

 

Drilling in ANWR

In April of 2002, Senator Cantwell issued a press statement noting her opposition to drilling in ANWR. She stated that it would be a tragic mistake to drill in ANWR and that the oil yielded would not be worth the destruction.

In March of 2003, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting a floor speech where she opposed an amendment to open ANWR to drilling.

In February of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her opposition to drilling in the coastal region of ANWR and the possibility of reclassifying some of the land.

In March of 2005, Senator Cantwell responded to a vote on drilling in ANWR by noting that the fight over arctic drilling is not over. In October of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her opposition to including drilling in ANWR. In November of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting that the American would be better off ending it's addiction to foreign oil than drilling in ANWR. In March of 2006, Senator Cantwell released another statement noting that she opposed the inclusion of drilling provisions in the budget. In may of 2006, Senator Cantwell released another statement noting a recent vote on ANWR Drilling.

 

Opposition to Drilling on Public Lands

In August of 2003, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her opposition to Bush administration plans to open up public lands to drilling.

 

Climate Stewardship Act of 2003

In October of 2003, Senator Cantwell spoke on the Senate floor about her support for the Climate Stewardship Act of 2003.

 

The Abrupt Climate Change Research Act of 2005

In February of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting legislation that she was introducing to deal with climate change.

 

Opposition to Drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf

In June of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting a recent vote on an amendment to remove language from a bill that would have called for an inventory on oil and gas.

In July of 2006, Senator Cantwell joined with numerous other Senators to propose an amendment that would ban offshore drilling in the outer continental shelf until 2022. Their intentions are noted in a letter to Senate Majority leader Frist.

 

Tankers in Puget Sound

In October of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her opposition to the possibility of opening up Puget Sound to tankers. 

 

Montreal Climate Change Summit

In December of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting a climate change convention in Montreal and calling for common sense regulations.

 

Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy

In December of 2008, Senator Cantwell spoke on the Senate floor about tax incentives for renewable energy.

 

The CLEAR Act

In December of 2009, Senator Cantwell introduced the CLEAR Act. She spoke on the senate floor about the program and shows the video below on her official website.

 

Manhattan Project

In January of 2006, Senator Cantwell released a press statement calling for a Manhattan Project style effort to create a new energy infrastructure.

 

Ending Oil Subsidies

In February of 2006, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting a letter sent to the energy committee chairman calling for an end to government subsidies for oil drilling.

 

Can't Stick Our Heads in the Sand

In November of 2007, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting that climate change was actually happening and that the US couldn't stick it's head in the sand and avoid it.

 

Support for Cap-and-Trade

In June of 2008, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her support for cap-and-trade legislation.

 

Support for Endangerment Finding

In June of 2010, Senator Cantwell spoke on the Senate floor about her support for the endangerment finding that greenhouse gases are a danger to the future. She notes that the determination that greenhouse gases are a danger was made on a scientific basis by the Supreme Court.

In July of 2010, Senator Cantwell spoke at a Senate Finance Committee hearing about the differences between EPA regulation and legislation written to place a fee on carbon.

 

Support for Obama Moratorium

In May of 2010, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting her support for the Obama imposed moratorium on oil drilling.

In May of 2010, Senator Cantwell spoke at a press conference about her support for a moratorium on drilling off the west coast. The press conference took place as the Deepwater Horizon tragedy was unfolding.

 

 

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Official 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. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of ending oil subsidies.

Maria Cantwell voted in favor of ending 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. Maria Cantwell voted against approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Maria Cantwell voted against 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. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Maria Cantwell voted in favor of approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Cap and Trade

Cap and Trade is the name given to a government program to issue carbon credits to all companies. The company is limited to using only the amount of carbon issued to them by the government (the cap). If a company uses more, it can purchase additional carbon offsets from a company that has not used all their credits, or it can purchase credits from compainies which perform carbon offsets such as planting trees (the trade). The legislation passed the house but not enough senators supported the legislation to end a filibuster in the Senate. To prevent Senate Democrats from using a reconciliation technique to pass the bill with only 50 votes, Senate Republicans introduced an amendment stating oppositon to the use of reconciliation for cap and trade. The amendment passed with the support of all Republicans and about 2/3 of the Democrats. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed using reconciliation to pass cap-and-trade.

Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed using reconciliation to pass cap-and-trade.

Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

In September of 2008, The US Senate 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'); echo(' in May of 2008, and passed the Senate with widespread support in a 93-2 vote. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Maria Cantwell 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 and passed the Senate in June. In the House, the bill was supported by almost all Democrats and opposed by a majority of Republicans. After passing the House, the bill got the support of most Democrats and roughly half of the Republicans, passing in a 65-27 vote. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

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

Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 was an attempt to open up more areas of the Gulf of Mexico for oil drilling. It passed the Senate with broad support in a 72-25 vote. However, it was not raised in the House. Maria Cantwell voted against the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Maria Cantwell voted against the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Amendment - Reduction of Oil Dependence

In June of 2005, the Senate voted on an amendment to reduce oil importation in the US by 40% by 2025. The would have raised the original goals set in the bill form a 1 million barrel per day reduction to a 7.6 million barrel per day reduction. This would most likely be achieved through increased CAFE standards of 78 miles per gallon in cars and a 185-percent increase in light trucks. The voted failed 47-53. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the amendment.

Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the amendment.

Amendment - ANWR Fast Track

In March of 2003, the US Senate voted on an amendment to prevent fast-tracking of drilling in ANWR. The amendment passed 52-48. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed ANWR drilling.

Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed ANWR drilling.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge amendment

In April of 2002, the Senate voted on an amendment to allow ANWR to be opened up for drilling. The full amendment was a separate piece of legislation that dictated the amount of land to be leased, the amount to be reimbursed to native Alaskans, an amount to be traded with Israel, and numerous other provisions. The amendmnent failed to pass the Senate 46-54. Maria Cantwell voted against the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

Maria Cantwell voted against the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 33; A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness - Cosponsor

Amends the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System under the Wilderness Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 271; Fuel Reduction using Electrons to End Dependence on the Mid-East (FREEDOM) Act of 2009 - Prime Sponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) allow an election to expense the cost of manufacturing property for producing plug-in electric drive motor vehicles and components; (2) increase the number of such vehicles eligible for a tax credit; (3) allow a five-year recovery period for the depreciation of smart meters and smart grid systems; and (4) increase the rate of the tax credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property and the maximum credit amount for commercial refueling property.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3460; 10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Directs the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to establish a program under which the Secretary shall provide competitive grants to states, Indian tribes, and local governments to provide rebates, loans, or other incentives to eligible participants for the purchase and installation of solar energy systems for properties located in the United States. Requires the Secretary to implement criteria for awarding such grants that: (1) provides the maximum leverage of federal funds; (2) provides for the maximum deployment of solar energy; (3) ensures that grants are awarded to a diversity of geographic locations and recipients with different population sizes; (4) provides no less than 2% of the funds available to Indian tribes and consortia of Indian tribes; and (5) provides a preference for grant recipients that have established and maintained, or that agree to commit to establish and maintain, standards and policies to overcome barriers to distributed generation (including interconnection and net metering).

Session-110; Bill Number-S Res 30; Climate Change and International Commitments - Cosponsor

A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the need for the United States to address global climate change through the negotiation of fair and effective international commitments.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2555; Reducing Global Warming Pollution from Vehicles Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

Amends the Clean Air Act to approve the application of the state of California for a waiver of federal preemption of its motor vehicle emission standards.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 357; CAFE Standards and Price Gouging - Ten and Ten Fuel Economy Act - Cosponsor

A bill to improve passenger automobile fuel economy and safety, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1618; Cellulosic Biofuel Tax Credit - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit for the production of a cellulosic biofuel.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1018; Global Climate Change Security Oversight Act - Cosponsor

A bill to address security risks posed by global climate change and for other purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2025; Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act - Cosponsor

A bill to promote the national security and stability of the United States economy by reducing the dependence of the United States on oil through the use of alternative fuels and new technology, and for other purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 342; Climate Stewardship Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide for a program of scientific research on abrupt climate change, to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by establishing a market-driven system of greenhouse gas tradeable allowances, to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and reduce dependence upon foreign oil, and ensure benefits to consumers from the trading in such allowances.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 737; Security and Freedom Enhancement Act of 2005 or the SAFE Act - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the USA PATRIOT ACT to place reasonable limitations on the use of surveillance and the issuance of search warrants, and for other purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S J Res 5; A joint resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should demonstrate international leadership in reducing the health, environmental, and economic risks posed by climate change by: (1) reducing greenhouse gas emissions; (2) generating climate-friendly technologies; (3) participating in negotiations under the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change to achieve long-term reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions; and (4) supporting the establishment of a long-term objective to prevent the global average temperature from increasing by greater than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 3694; Fuel Economy Reform Act - Cosponsor

A bill to increase fuel economy standards for automobiles, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S Res 598; Developing Nations and Natural Resources - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of the Senate that: (1) the government should fully use federal authorities, diplomatic agreements, and other appropriate mechanisms, including working with other donor nations, to identify global conservation goals, and increase funding for, global conservation strategies in order to help ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and protect biological diversity in terrestrial and marine environments of developing countries; and (2) federal efforts should reflect a recognition of the problem's urgency by annually reporting to the appropriate congressional committees regarding progress reports and action plans.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 461; Polluter Pays Restoration Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code by reinstating until December 31, 2020, the Hazardous Substance Superfund financing rate and the corporate environmental income tax.

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