Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) today named U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and U.S. Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) as its 2022 Clean Energy Champions.
CRES annually honors Republican leaders who have gone above and beyond in driving and supporting clean energy legislation. The four 2022 awardees will be formally recognized at the CRES Clean Energy Champions Reception Tuesday evening—the second day of National Clean Energy Week (NCEW). Previous awardees include Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and John Curtis (R-Utah), among others.
“Congratulations to Senators Dan Sullivan and Kevin Cramer and Representatives Dan Newhouse and Mariannette Miller-Meeks on their well-earned designation as 2022 Clean Energy Champions,” said CRES President Heather Reams. “These lawmakers have an impressive record of championing commonsense, all-of-the-above policy solutions to America’s most pressing environmental and economic issues. CRES thanks these distinguished congressional leaders for their countless contributions to the clean energy sector, and we look forward to continuing our collective work to advance domestic energy sources.”
“I want to thank Heather Reams and her team at CRES for being such great partners in our efforts to unleash American energy,” said Sen. Sullivan. “It is an honor to be recognized as one of CRES’s Clean Energy Champions this year. We must implement an all-of-the-above energy plan and prioritize the infrastructure and permitting reforms needed to leverage America’s world-class energy resources for the good of our economic and national security. We have these resources in abundance in my great state of Alaska, where we have the highest environmental standards in the world. That’s exactly why I’ve been working so closely with CRES on commonsense solutions, like the American Energy Jobs & Climate Plan, which we announced last year. I look forward to continuing our strong partnership in this effort going forward as we continue our work to achieve the shared goal of once again making America energy independent.”
“It is an honor to be recognized as one of the Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions’ Clean Energy Champions for 2022. From our carbon capture projects to the production of carbon negative oil, North Dakota is a leader in clean energy technology and innovation, producing responsible and reliable energy today and for the future. Every day, I aim to make Washington more like North Dakota and CRES has been a great partner along the way. I look forward to our continued partnership, unapologetically promoting clean, reliable American energy solutions for the world,” said Sen. Cramer.
“It is an honor to be named one of CRES’ Clean Energy Champions,” said Rep. Newhouse. “In Central Washington, we are not strangers to clean energy innovation, and I have worked hard in Congress to support efforts to strengthen and expand these technologies — both at home and across the country. In order to remain the global clean energy leader, we must enact policies that promote increased domestic production, ensure a stable and reliable supply of critical minerals, reduce regulatory barriers for producers, and allow states and local communities to continue leading the way. CRES has been an incredible partner in this work, and I look forward to continuing to advance clean energy solutions and innovation in Central Washington, rural America, and beyond.”
“I’m honored to be named a Clean Energy Champion this year,” said Rep. Miller-Meeks. “Iowa leads the nation in renewable energy production and Iowans are constantly seeking ways to make clean energy more affordable, accessible, and abundant. As we continue pursuing clean energy production, I hope my colleagues will look to Iowa as an example of an ‘all of the above’ approach. In order to leave a healthier planet for our children and grandchildren, we must enact policies that benefit a variety of energy sources where they work best.”
Sen. Sullivan’s support was critical to passing both the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Growing Climate Solutions Act. He has been a champion of all-of-the-above clean energy solutions through his work with Senators Cramer and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to release the American Energy, Jobs, and Climate Plan—a Republican-led initiative to protect America’s future by lowering global emissions while bolstering the U.S. economy—which CRES also supports. He also led the introduction of legislation to nullify the Biden Administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule that adds more obstacles to the already burdensome federal permitting process.
In addition to his leadership in crafting the American Energy, Jobs, and Climate Plan, Sen. Cramer has called for commonsense reforms to regulatory obstacles, such as legislation to improve the quality and timeliness of federal permitting and review processes with respect to critical mineral production on federal land (S.1352). Recently, he supported the Congressional Review Act of the Biden Administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Rule.
As Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus and a member of the Conservative Climate Caucus, Rep. Newhouse has been a steadfast leader in advancing the clean energy industry in the state of Washington and across the country. He is a cosponsor of many CRES-endorsed legislative initiatives, such as the Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act, the American Critical Mineral Independence Act, the Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act, and the Save Our Sequoias Act.
Rep. Miller-Meeks has been leading Republican efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening America’s economy. She was a member of the first-ever Republican-only delegation to attend the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). Rep. Miller-Meeks is also a cosponsor of the SUPER Act, legislation that requires the U.S. Department of Energy to establish programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the production of iron, steel, and steel mill products.
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) engages Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge. For more information, visit www.CRESenergy.com.