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tougher, updated standards for offshore oil and gas drilling
to ensure protection of our oceans and marine wildlife (amendments to H.R. 4408, H.R. 3408, H.R. 6082, H.R. 2021, H.R.1229, H.R. 1230, H.R. 1231).-Voted against
H.R. 2354, FY12 Energy & Water Appropriations bill
, because it did not doenough to preserve the integrity of the Clean Water Act.
Mountaintop Removal Mining & the Clean Water Protection Act (clean air & water):
-Voted for two amendments introduced by Rep. Moran to
protect our drinking water fromtoxic mountaintop removal mining runoff.
-I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1375, a bill to protect our streams and rivers by requiring mountaintopremoval coal mining companies to properly dispose of the “fill material” generated by this coalmining process.
Abandoned Mine Land Fund:
-President Obama and the House of Representatives agree that AML funding to Office of SurfaceMining (OSM) “certified” states and continue to fund “non-certified” states should be reduced.Certified states (in the West) have received the bulk of the AML funding over the years and nowno longer need it, as their mines have been reclaimed. Non-certified states (those inAppalachia, like PA) will continue to receive funding for mine reclamation, and may haveincreased access as a result.-Additionally, there is broad consensus from fiscal conservatives and environmental advocatesthat this is the best use of federal mine cleanup resources. I introduced the House bill (H.R.3739) to resolve this issue.
Open Fuel Standards Act:
-The United States’ dependence on foreign oil has been cited by the U.S. Department of Defenseas the greatest threat to our national and economic security. We must take steps to weanourselves off of foreign oil I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1687, the Open Fuel Standards Act. This is abipartisan
bill to require car manufacturers (with their support) to manufacture vehicles capableof running on oil and at least one other type of energy. H.R. 1867 aims to increase energyindependence and strengthen national security.
Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit:
-I support extending the PTC for alternative energy. I have been very active in garnering supportfrom other Republicans and the Ways and Means Committee.