Energy and Environment
With our country’s demand for energy growing rapidly each day, it is important to both meet that demand and protect our environment. We must responsibly meet our energy demands and protect our planet for future generations.
It is important to invest in and utilize renewable sources such as solar energy, wind, and hydropower to fill our country’s energy needs. While our ability to harness these resources has advanced greatly in the past decade, renewable energy sources still only make up a small percentage of America’s overall energy supply. Our national goal should be to expand the use of these resources so we can one day have a carbon-neutral energy supply. We must also face the reality that America is still in need of fossil fuels today.
The state of Texas is leading our country in energy production. As a Member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, I sit on the Energy Subcommittee where I’m working to encourage energy research and development to increase production from all sources, strengthen our nation’s energy independence, and lower energy production costs for families and businesses. Energy is an important issue and I believe Texas should continue serving as our nation’s energy capital.
More on Energy and Environment
Washington, D.C. – As part of an effort to increase efficient natural gas production and reduce environmental harm, Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX) and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), introduced bipartisan legislation to spur innovation in methane leak detection and mitigation technologies.
The reaction among Texas leaders to President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement largely fell along partisan lines.
Trump declared Thursday that he was withdrawing the United States from the landmark agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad.
U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth:
A continued government role in oil and gas research and development drew bipartisan support at a May 3 hearing of the US House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee. But Democrats and Republicans disagreed about the scope and direction of US Department of Energy programs that they were defending.
Members generally agreed with witnesses at the hearing that well-funded, early-stage government energy R&D programs can help produce energy technology breakthroughs, even when they are not apparent at the outset.
CAN WE CAUCUS? Texas Rep. Marc Veasey circulated a “dear colleague” letter Tuesday seeking new members for the bipartisan Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery Caucus. “The United States can become a global leader in the deployment of carbon capture technologies and the expansion of infrastructure to support these projects,” the letter states.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, will hold a panel discussion in observation of Black History Month entitled, “Closing the Gap: African Americans in Energy.” The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities for African Americans in the energy sector. Additionally, the discussion seeks to educate Members, staffers, stakeholders and students pursuing STEM degrees or jobs in the energy industry, examine current energy policy issues and offer an outlook for the 115th Congress.
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