Energy

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Congressman Goodlatte remains committed to finding solutions to lessen our reliance on foreign energy, and allow us to become energy independent. America’s prosperity is at stake. A comprehensive energy policy which encourages exploration, innovation, and conservation is the only way to lower energy prices for the long term for consumers, substantially reduce our trade deficit, and create millions of new jobs, all of which will ultimately lead us down the path to economic recovery and growth.

Actions

  • Member of several energy related caucuses, including the Coal Caucus, Natural Gas Caucus, Nuclear Issue Working Group, and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus.

  • Introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act (H.R. 1314). The RFS Elimination Act eliminates the federal ethanol mandate and makes ethanol compete in the free market.

  • Introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act (H.R. 1315), which eliminates corn-based ethanol requirements, caps the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent, and requires the EPA to set cellulosic biofuels levels at production levels. The RFS Reform Act is a bipartisan bill, and has the support of more than 50 diverse organizations.

  • Led a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Administrator Scott Pruitt emphasizing the negative impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard on American consumers and the economy and urging the Agency to acknowledge the significant pitfalls and costs of the federal ethanol mandate in future rulemaking.

  • Cosponsor of the United States Commission on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Act of 2017 (H.R. 545), which establishes a commission to investigate and address any practices on the part of OPEC that prevent or reduce competition in the global oil market.

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