Energy and the Environment
The United States is entering a new phase of energy history, and the nation is at the cusp of energy independence as we continue to produce our own secure supply of energy. Meeting our country’s energy demands will include an all-of-the-above strategy. Policies that allow us to fully unleash our energy potential in this country, in a safe and responsible manner, lead to greater economic opportunity.
In Colorado, we are blessed with abundant and diverse natural resources, and the state is on the cutting edge of energy production and research, due in large part to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) located in Golden, Colorado. I support developing and utilizing American energy of all kinds. This includes the use of traditional power like coal, oil, nuclear, natural gas, along with the use of renewable energy such as wind, solar, hydroelectric power, and geothermal. Keeping our nation at the forefront of energy research and development must be a goal of any federal energy policy.
While clean and renewable resources provide us with an abundant amount of energy, reducing our overall energy usage though energy efficiency is necessary and is also beneficial to our environment. Making energy efficiency improvements to our outdated federal facilities will save taxpayer dollars, create a cleaner environment, and lower energy costs.
In the Senate, I’m proud to chair the Energy and Resources Subcommittee on Energy, which has jurisdiction over renewable and non-renewable energy, the National Laboratory System including NREL, research, development and commercialization, and utility policy.
By focusing on responsible energy development, the reliability of energy sources, and keeping energy affordable, we have the potential to make a better life for all Americans and our nation more secure.