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Issue Position: Energy & Environment

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2014

Arizona has made progress the past few years in establishing more types of affordable, reliable power, building the first renewable portfolio standard in the country, and aggressively pushing for higher energy-efficiency standards.

I believe Washington must embrace a sound "all of the above" energy solution and take this approach to factories, power plants, and businesses across the country.

Not only should we optimize the use of our traditional energy reserves, but we also should expand into renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal power. All of these are vital to the economic welfare and national security of the United States.

However, the government must stop picking winners and loser in the industry. Each of these sources must stand on their own in the marketplace, without governmen-sponsored interference.

Arizona is home to many innovative companies making exciting advancements in energy development. More and more cities and towns within Congressional District 6 and around Arizona are changing their practices to better use the resources available in a long-lasting, renewable fashion-- there's a chance for real change. I will continue to work with my colleagues to identify new sources of power that will lower our families' monthly bills and allow our economy to grow.

Growth cannot come in an oppressive regulatory environment. I recently joined my colleagues on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing concerns with their attempts to avoid transparency. Our committee work group found that the EPA rushed ahead with its costly power plant CO2 proposal without waiting for the advice of its independent science advisors, based on underlying science that lacked adequate peer review. The complete text of the letter can be read here. I look forward to hearing from the EPA about their efforts to renew relations with the scientific community and leaders in energy business.