Our nation must take meaningful steps to build a new economy based on clean and renewable energy sources while we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. That’s why I’ve consistently supported programs that incentivize the use of renewable energy technologies like the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), most recently renewed for five years each under the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2016.
In addition, during the previous session of Congress, I was one of the lead sponsors of a resolution calling for more than 50 percent clean and carbon-free electricity by 2030. Recent technological advancements have dramatically reduced the cost of producing clean energy. Clean energy technology will create jobs, reduce costs for businesses and consumers, strengthen our national security and improve our standard of living.
As a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), I will continue to work with my colleagues to build a new green economy and find innovative solutions to address climate change for our health and the health of future generations. In the First Congressional District, we have an educated workforce, advanced manufacturing and a growing technology industry – elements that are needed to be a leader in the emerging green economy. The Pacific Northwest has always been a leader on energy and environmental issues, which is why I support important policies like, the West Coast Ocean Protection Act, to prohibit offshore drilling along the West Coast.
We must also continue to develop alternative forms of energy here at home such as solar, wind, hydro and bio-based fuels. I am proud to fight for alternative energy programs and I have consistently supported renewable energy funding to increase our energy independence and eliminate the damage of fossil fuels. I will always fight for investments and policies to encourage innovation and spur job growth in the renewable energy sector.
For our economy to continue to grow, we need to take control of our country’s energy future. We need a balanced approach that reduces our dependence on foreign oil and creates jobs right here in Washington.