Gardner Recognized for Strong Conservation Record
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) received ConservAmerica’s “Congressional Champion” award for his strong record promoting conservation policies.
ConservAmerica Board Member Gibson McKay and President Jeff Kupfer present Senator Gardner with the “Congressional Champion” award.
“Every American should want to protect the environment and pass our beautiful country on to the next generation better and cleaner than it was given to us,” said Senator Gardner. “In Colorado we take pride in being responsible stewards of the environment and our state’s abundant and diverse natural resources. As co-chair of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, I’m honored to be recognized by ConservAmerica for my work in Congress to preserve and protect the great outdoors, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance innovative, economically viable policies to improve the environment and make sure the American people continue to have the highest quality of life possible.”
"The Congressional Champion Award is given to lawmakers who demonstrate a commitment to environmental and conservation policies that reflect the values and traditions we share as Americans, including a belief in personal freedom and individual responsibility, free markets and competition, private property rights, a love of the great outdoors and a desire to enhance and protect our lands and waters now and for future generations," said ConservAmerica President Jeff Kupfer. "Balancing these values requires recognition that a healthy environment and a strong economy are not mutually exclusive, but inextricably linked."
This is the latest award recognizing Senator Gardner for his record promoting conservation and clean energy. In September, Senator Gardner was named a Clean Energy Champion by the Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. In February, Senator Gardner was named a Champion of Scienceby The Science Coalition. Last year, Senator Gardner received the U.S. Wind Champion Award from the American Wind Energy Association and theSolar Champion Award from the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Examples of Senator Gardner’s conservation record include:
- Helped establish, and serves as co-chair of, the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, a bicameral group focused on addressing environmental problems through market-based solutions.
- Led the fight to pass and have signed in to law by President Trump earlier this year S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, the single biggest conservation package passed in the last decade.
- That package included a Gardner-sponsored bill supported by a bipartisan group of senators that permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
- Introduced S. 1081, the bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, a bill that will make the full funding of LWCF mandatory every fiscal year.
- Co-sponsored four energy storage research and development bills to advance energy storage technology and increase grid reliability and resiliency.
- Introduced a bill to create an investment tax credit for energy storage, which will increase the deployment of storage technology as it comes online.
- Introduced S.607, the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act, legislation aimed at reducing the long wait times for federal approval of energy infrastructure projects.
- Introduced S.2094, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act, legislation that authorizes the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide financial assistance to states to develop or revise a State Energy Security Plan.
- Introduced S.3677, the Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at safeguarding the country’s energy grid from cyber-attacks.
- Co-sponsored S.1685, the Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas Act, which would incentivize research and development of carbon capture technology for natural gas to ensure a reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy supply. The legislation was reported by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in July 2019.
Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
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