Graves Leads Efforts to Create Jobs and Grow Louisiana’s Clean Energy Economy
WASHINGTON — Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) formally announced its endorsement of Rep. Garret Graves in his reelection bid for the U.S. House in Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District.
In order to receive CRES’s endorsement, candidates must acknowledge a role for the federal government in reducing America’s carbon emissions and developing a robust clean energy industry, as well as demonstrate leadership on policy initiatives related to climate change and emissions reduction.
“Congressman Garret Graves has been a strong advocate for strengthening America’s advanced energy technologies and building a stronger American energy sector for his constituents,” said CRES Executive Director Heather Reams. “During his time in the U.S. House, Congressman Graves has led his Republican colleagues on climate policy, worked to promote a safe and healthy environment, supported job-creating policies that strengthen our energy economy and independence, and has secured federal funds to protect Louisiana’s coastal communities from floods. CRES is proud to formally endorse Garret Graves in his reelection bid for the U.S. House in Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District.”
“I am proud to have CRES’ support as we work to earn another term serving the people of South Louisiana: The case study for how innovation, adaptation, technology and smart policies can work together to ensure American energy and the environment both thrive,” said Congressman Garret Graves. “We’re excited to continue putting out policy solutions that enhance our country’s clean energy dominance.”
CRES-endorsed candidates have contributed to a policy landscape to advance clean energy and emissions reductions in a way that puts the needs of the country first. Examples of initiatives and legislation championed by CRES and endorsed candidates have included reforming and reauthorizing ARPA-E and advanced nuclear research and development; commonsense, market-based emissions-reduction policies, including legislation to help farmers, ranchers and landowners embrace sustainable farming practices and participate in voluntary carbon markets; and policy solutions to incentivize the next generation of hydropower, wind, solar and geothermal generation, among others.
Congressman Graves’ record on clean energy includes the following:
- Lead sponsor on the Building U.S. Infrastructure through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act, a bill that modernizes the National Environmental Policy Act to expedite infrastructure projects, create jobs and stimulate the economy.
- Co-sponsored the Trillion Trees Act, legislation that establishes forest management, reforestation and utilization practices to help reduce carbon emissions.
- Co-sponsored the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Reauthorization Act of 2019, which is a successful DOE program which provides funding for transformative, early stage energy research in support of American energy security and economic competitiveness.
- Co-sponsored the U.S. House resolution formally recognizing National Clean Energy Week 2020.
- Serves as the top Republican on the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Graves also serves as a member of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee and the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. During the 115th Congress, Graves served as Chairman of the Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and voted to increase funding for U.S. Department of Energy programs that invest in research and development for the next generation of renewable energy.