(Greg Lemon) – LAS VEGAS – Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement on President Obama’s carbon standards announcement.
“The President often claims to support an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, but it appears his proposals only apply to energy sources that come from ‘above’ the ground. To maintain our economic and national security, we must maximize all of our nation’s energy resources, including renewable sources, alternative fuels, and fossil fuels, all in a way that balances economic development and protecting our environment. Nevada is poised to lead our nation in renewable development and we must harness those resources. However, we shouldn’t penalize those that depend on fossil fuels for energy and the jobs they provide. This plan is not the all-of-the-above energy strategy needed to boost job creation and reduce energy prices for families.”
Congressman Heck is an original cosponsor of H.R. 2263, the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015, legislation that streamlines the permitting process for wind, solar and geothermal development on public lands and establishes a revenue sharing mechanism that ensures a fair return for relevant stakeholders.
A Las Vegas Sun editorial recently called H.R. 2263 a “win-win” for Nevada because it would allow our state to “tap our renewable-energy potential in a way that safeguards our communities and protects our natural resources.”
Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada’s Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.