RPC Works to Develop a Conservative Clean Energy Agenda
WASHINGTON (June 15, 2016) — Yesterday, the House Republican Policy Committee (RPC) held a hearing on developing a conservative clean energy agenda. The hearing focused on how innovation and free market solutions can provide the energy security America needs.
“We all want a clean environment. But, the Left has been working to present a false choice – the only way to protect the environment is to push policies that hurt the economy,” said Chairman Luke Messer. “The truth is America can have a strong economy and be the world's energy leader. To reach that goal, we should do more to encourage private investment in energy innovation, rather than using executive rulemaking to hamstring providers and raise rates on consumers. We should be accelerating next generation technologies that will ensure our continued global energy leadership for years to come.”
Witnesses who testified at the hearing included Mr. Jay Faison, Founder and CEO, ClearPath Foundation; Mr. Rich Thau, President and Founder, Presentation Testing, Inc., Ms. Shannon Angielski, Executive Director, Coal Utilization Research Council, Mr. David Blee, CEO, Nuclear Infrastructure Council, and Mr. Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association.
“Today’s hearing showed the promise of a clean energy agenda,” said Faison. “A smarter and cleaner energy policy is good for the country, good for our party, and good politics. I applaud Rep. Messer and the Republican Policy Committee for their leadership in bringing this issue to the forefront.”
“We commend the RPC for its focus on a market-driven, pro-innovation agenda,” said Blee. “We look forward to working on common ground ideas to maximize America’s clean energy arsenal, including capturing the full potential of U.S. nuclear energy leadership.”
Angielski agreed it takes a pro-innovation agenda. “CURC applauds today’s policy discussions that focused on our nation’s potential to produce clean domestic energy, which could be limitless is we encourage policies that will unleash technology innovation for our coal and fossil fuel resources.”
The House Republican Policy Committee’s goal is to assess what can be done at the Federal level to advance affordable, clean, and reliable American energy. All of the witnesses stressed the importance of reducing burdensome regulation and encouraging innovation through free market principles.
You can find an archived video of the full hearing here.