WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, CRES announces that Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Garret Graves (LA-06) and Ted Yoho (FL-03) have joined the House Clean Energy and Innovation Working Group. The group was initially formed in 2016 by House Republicans seeking to harness the power of the free market to bring clean energy technologies to market that stimulate domestic job creation, bolster the economy, and preserve the quality of our pristine lands and waters.
“CRES applauds the addition of pragmatic Republicans to the House Clean Energy and Innovation Working Group,” said CRES Managing Director Heather Reams. “Voters want solutions from Congress that are pro-jobs and pro-environment. This working group helps to build consensus among a geographically diverse set of Republicans to improve our economy, strengthen our national security, achieve domestic energy independence, and preserve our environment for future generations.”
These new members join ten others from across America including Reps. Mark Amodei (NV), Barbara Comstock (VA), Ryan Costello (PA), Carlos Curbelo (FL), Adam Kinzinger (IL),Pat Meehan (PA), Tom Reed (NY), Dave Reichert (WA), Elise Stefanik (NY), Kevin Yoder (KS) in seeking to build consensus in support of responsible clean energy solutions in Congress.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08): “By committing to a full-spectrum strategy that includes the responsible use of our resources and embraces clean energy sources like wind, solar and hydropower America can declare energy independence. I look forward to teaming with the House Clean Energy and Innovation Working Group to advance this goal and support American energy innovation in the 115th Congress.”
Rep. Garret Graves (LA-06): “As a leader in energy production, Louisiana helps power the nation. The new Administration’s focus on modernizing infrastructure and limiting job-killing regulations gives us the opportunity to unlock new technologies to continue making energy production more efficient and cleaner. Industry, policymakers and ordinary people must continue to engage and work together to ensure America’s long-term economic and energy security.”
Rep. Ted Yoho (FL-03): “It is our responsibility in Congress to establish a coherent national energy policy. I believe an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that leads to our nation’s energy independence and away from foreign oil is the only option. Fossil fuel, nuclear, hydropower and other renewables need to be in the mix. With a 30 percent increase in the demand of electricity by 2035, our nation must diversify and increase its energy production. The only way is to allow the free market to pick the energy sources that are the safest and most cost-efficient without undue market-distorting subsidies.”
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization founded in 2013 to engage Republican policymakers and the public about commonsense, conservative solutions to address our nation’s need for abundant, reliable energy while preserving our environment.