Inventing and Investing Out of America’s Energy Crisis
Pete has a vision of an America no longer dependent on foreign oil and reliant on cheap, abundant, and clean domestic energy sources. By transitioning from fuels that must be obtained at great cost to American families and national security to fuels that are domestically available and in great supply, we can protect family budgets and reduce our imprint on the natural world. Pete's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy aims to resolve our energy challenges.
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Formerly Ranking Member, Pete serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which has jurisdiction over funding provided to the Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation.
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Pete believes that reducing our nation's dependence on carbon-intensive fuels is important to both our national defense and our environment. In order to transition from a carbon based economy, it is necessary to have a comprehensive approach to energy policy that emphasizes conservation first and encourages the most efficient use of a broad range of fuels. That is why Pete is committed to investing in a matrix of alternative fuels – including those derived from biomass, solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear sources – considering the environmental impact of each fuel source and those that offer the greatest energy output per dollar spent with the least amount of energy input.
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Domestic Energy Production
To lessen our dependence on dangerous, unreliable trading partners, Pete believes we must do all we can to leverage our capacity to produce fuel here at home. As part of his "all-of-the-above" energy strategy, he supports the construction of the entire Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone project will give U.S. refineries improved access to crude oil shipped from Canada, and it is estimated that the project could create tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs in the energy sector. On January 23, 2013, Pete joined members of both parties to sign a letter to President Obama urging him to approve the construction of the pipeline.
While Pete believes that renewable energy will play a large role in a more secure energy future for the United States, given the fact that fossil fuels meet around 83 percent of U.S. energy demand, Pete is committed to increasing domestic fossil fuel supplies and to supporting technologies that can provide cleaner, low-carbon electricity generation using domestic resources of coal and natural gas.