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ICYMI: Walden, Upton, and Shimkus Discuss Efforts to Modernize Energy Infrastructure and Environmental Laws


05.02.17

“We stand ready to roll up our sleeves and work to capitalize on our energy abundance”


Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), #SubEnergy Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and #SubEnvironment Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), submitted an opinion piece to the Washington Times as part of their Energy 2017: Unleashing America’s full energy potential Special Report.

In the op-ed, Walden, Upton, and Shimkus outline the work the committee has done to modernize our energy infrastructure and give a preview of what’s ahead for this Congress. They write, “This Congress will be a busy one as we work to modernize our dated energy infrastructure and environmental laws. We will continue to strive and fight for consumers across the country to ensure they continue to have access to affordable and reliable energy.”

Energy goals: Jobs, production, modern infrastructure – and good environmental stewardship

By: Rep. Greg Walden, Rep. Fred Upton, and Rep. John Shimkus

American consumers deserve safe, secure and efficient energy that’s affordable and meets the needs of the 21st century economy. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has already begun work on a pro-domestic energy policy that will improve our nation’s energy infrastructure, create jobs and reduce energy bills, but much more needs to be done.

America’s energy landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade, and it’s time for Washington’s energy policy to change with it.

Our nation’s energy abundance combined with technological developments in the energy sector are presenting new challenges and opportunities in the manner in which we as a nation produce, generate, distribute and consume energy.

For too long, the federal government has stood in the way of the United States reaching its full energy potential. While energy production is at record levels, the nation’s aging energy infrastructure needs to be improved to ensure consumers around the country continue to receive energy in a safe, secure and efficient manner.

Additionally, many of the nation’s environmental laws are outdated, which impedes economic activity and growth. Onerous, red-tape regulations and permitting and siting delays had become commonplace under the previous administration.

Now we’ve started to usher in a new era — one that capitalizes on our energy abundance. The days of Washington knows best are over. It’s time the federal government stopped picking winners and losers. It’s time we enact reforms that build on our nation’s energy abundance, modernize our energy infrastructure, and promote domestic manufacturing and job growth.

Thankfully, the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Energy and Environment subcommittees have already been hard at work examining ways in which we can take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to enact meaningful reforms…

This Congress will be a busy one as we work to modernize our dated energy infrastructure and environmental laws. We will continue to strive and fight for consumers across the country to ensure they continue to have access to affordable and reliable energy.

We’re for an all-of-the-above approach when it comes to energy policy. We want jobs, infrastructure improvements and energy production, but we also want to ensure we remain good stewards of the environment. These issues don’t have to be mutually exclusive. We stand ready to roll up our sleeves and work to capitalize on our energy abundance.

Read the full column online HERE.

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