Environmental protections and the pursuit of a sustainable energy future continue to be issues of intense debate in the 114th Congress. More than a century of industrial abuses and fossil fuel consumption have taken their toll on our air, our water, and the environmental resources we cherish. However, many of the strides we’ve made on clean air and water, protecting our environment, and moving away from fossil fuel dependency are in jeopardy. Congressman Lynch continues to believe that the federal government should play an active role in providing a clean, safe, and sustainable future.
Since he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Lynch has been a strong partner in the effort to protect our air, water and environment. He has consistently supported legislation to prevent the dumping of waste from mountain top removal coal mines into rivers and streams, to prohibit oil and gas exploration in conservation areas and off of our coasts, and supported improved emissions standards for existing and new power plants.
The Republican Majority in the House of Representatives continues to put forth legislation that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from carrying out its mission, despite the long term impacts on the environment and the health of Americans. Congressman Lynch opposes bills that will prohibit the EPA from adequately regulating greenhouse gas emissions, emissions from incinerators, industrial boilers and cement production facilities, and the disposal of highly toxic coal ash from power plants. With much at stake, Congressman Lynch will remain a strong supporter of environmental protection.
Sustainable Energy Future
Congressman Lynch believes America needs to have a long term plan for reducing dependence on foreign oil, pursuing alternatives to fossil fuels, and improving efficiency across the entire energy spectrum.
During his tenure in the House, Congressman Lynch has supported an “all of the above” energy policy. While he believes that our energy future must be clean, sustainable, and secure, he also understands that it will take decades or longer to achieve an energy portfolio that is entirely based on clean, renewable resources. As such, Congressman Lynch feels that natural gas will play a transitional role and our ability to access our vast reserves is a key component of not only our own energy future, but also the national and global economies.
In addition, Congressman Lynch has supported legislation to improve vehicle fuel efficiency, incorporate alternative fuels, and increase our renewable fuel use; steps that will reduce our reliance on foreign oil and lessen the impact of automobiles on the environment. He has secured funding in the past for the purchase of hybrid fuel vehicles for public transit systems and for municipal solar projects in the 8th Congressional District.
By taking a balanced approach to improving all aspects of our energy policy, we can put America on the track to a sustainable, secure energy future.