Senator Cassidy Leads Charge to Hold Foreign Polluters Accountable

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) 2023 Clean Energy Champion Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is advancing a new trade policy framework that would bolster U.S. supply chain security, enhance American competitiveness, and reduce global emissions. Senator Cassidy’s Foreign Pollution Fee Act would reward U.S. producers for their environmental performance while holding foreign polluters – like China – accountable.  At the same time, he put forth an anti-carbon tax resolution to highlight why such a tax would be destructive to both American innovation and the U.S. economy.   

CRES President Heather Reams issued the following statement:

“The U.S. should hold China and other foreign adversaries accountable for their poor environmental practices that backpedal global efforts to reduce emissions and stymie American manufacturing,” said CRES President Heather Reams. “Effective trade and climate policy must boost American manufacturing, mining, and energy production that will strengthen global economic and energy security, while reducing worldwide emissions. While CRES acknowledges that more work is needed to develop a trade and climate framework that gains widespread support among Republicans, we thank Senator Cassidy and his team for their invaluable contribution to this ongoing discussion.”

Working in tandem, these proposals endeavor to protect and reward American workers and businesses that enjoy some of the most carbon-efficient energy production and manufacturing in the world. American manufactured goods are 40% more carbon-efficient than the world average while the U.S. carbon advantage is three times that of China and nearly four times that of Russia and India.

These initiatives are just Senator Cassidy’s latest as a longtime clean energy champion in Congress. As the senior senator from a Gulf state, he serves as a crucial voice on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for a balanced, all-of-the-above approach to energy development. CRES looks forward to continuing to work with the Senator on his recently introduced legislation and future proposals that pave the way for responsible, conservative energy solutions.

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