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Celebrating National Clean Energy Week


WASHINGTON, D.C.,
September 26, 2022

Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) released the following statement to kick off National Clean Energy Week: 

“I often hear Republicans characterized as opposing renewables and other clean energy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Conservatives were the original conservationists, and I’m proud to support an all-of-the-above energy approach. My colleagues and I have introduced a slew of bills to promote clean energy development through regulatory streamlining and American critical mineral development, as well as the use of hydropower, natural gas and biofuels. Where Democrats have empty platitudes, Republicans have a plan for a clean and reliable American energy sector. This week and every week, I’m honored to back policies that lead us into a cleaner, more reliable energy future.”

Background 

Republicans have introduced a variety of legislation to promote responsible clean energy development this Congress, including:

The Accessing America’s Critical Minerals Actintroduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), which would reform onerous and duplicative steps in the critical mineral permitting process by requiring federal agencies to adhere to timelines and improve coordination. 

The Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), which would instruct the Department of the Interior to establish priority areas on federal land for geothermal, solar and wind energy projects, consistent with the principles of multiple use and the renewable energy permitting goal.

The BUILDER Actintroduced by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), which would modernize the outdated National Environmental Policy Act to make infrastructure project reviews more efficient, reduce project costs, spur economic recovery and rebuild America.

The Resilient Federal Forests Actintroduced by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), which would provide comprehensive solutions to address the rapidly declining health of American forests and prevent catastrophic wildfires by expediting environmental analyses, reducing frivolous lawsuits and increasing the pace and scale of critical forest restoration projects

The American Critical Minerals Independence Actintroduced by U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), which would invest in recycling technologies and innovative mining and processing techniques, streamline the permitting of critical minerals production and require that agencies analyze the mineral potential of federal lands. 

The Trillion Trees Actintroduced by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), which would solidify the United States as a global leader of the One Trillion Trees Initiative to conserve, restore and grow 1 trillion trees worldwide. 

The RENEW WIIN Actintroduced by U.S. Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.), which would support western water infrastructure projects. 

The Securing America’s Mineral Supply Chains Actintroduced by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), which would support the mining workforce, promote innovation throughout the sector and streamline permitting processes. 

The Permitting for Mining Needs Actintroduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), which would cut regulatory red tape, maximize efficiency and minimize delays in domestic mineral production.

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