Issue Position: Energy and Environment

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2016

Senator Toomey believes that a clean environment is important and supports common sense pollution controls designed to protect public health and our natural resources. He believes that state agencies have the knowledge, experience, and accountability to properly safeguard these important assets. During his first term, Senator Toomey successfully worked on bipartisan legislation to preserve historic battlefields, combat the spread of invasive Asian carp in the Ohio River, and increase contributions to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. Senator Toomey has also worked with Senator Casey to remediate waste coal piles across Pennsylvania.

Mindful of environmental concerns, Senator Toomey is committed to sensibly unlocking our nation's energy resources and reforming regulations so the American people can have access to safe, affordable energy. Over the past decade, domestic energy production-including natural gas from the Marcellus Shale-has proven to be a bright spot in America's economic recovery. Cheaper energy prices not only help Americans fuel their cars and heat their homes, but also help make American manufacturers more competitive in the global marketplace and create good-paying jobs.

Senator Toomey believes we should take action to make America less dependent on oil from unfriendly nations. As such, he supports allowing more oil exploration in Alaska, the Outer Continental Shelf, and the vast oil shale reserves in America's western states. Senator Toomey is a supporter of the Keystone Pipeline, and helped to pass bipartisan legislation out of the Senate to approve the pipeline in 2015. Senator Toomey also recognizes the unique potential of the Marcellus Shale - one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world - to increase job creation, boost economic growth and provide more affordable energy for Pennsylvanians.

Senator Toomey opposes wasteful government handouts for special energy interests and he believes all sources of energy should compete on a level playing field. Senator Toomey has introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal the federal corn ethanol mandate, an outrageous crony-capitalist program that lines the pockets of large agribusinesses while driving up food and fuel prices for middle-class Americans. Senator Toomey also has co-sponsored legislation to repeal a variety of subsidies and credits for traditional as well as alternative sources of energy.

Senator Toomey believes that coal is an essential part of America's energy future, not to mention an important part of Pennsylvania's economy. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been especially aggressive in pursuing regulations that specifically target coal power plants. These regulations have already put hundreds of Pennsylvanians out of work and will continue to cause economic distress while yielding negligible benefits for our environment. Senator Toomey strongly opposes these unreasonable regulations and he will continue to fight for commonsense polices that allow Pennsylvanians to thrive in today's economy.

As work continues in Washington to promote a pro-growth, environmentally responsible energy agenda, Senator Toomey will advocate for improved access to our energy resources, common sense regulatory reform, and the repeal of the wasteful corn ethanol mandate.