Issue Position: Green Energy
Our country is facing an energy crisis that is pinching the pockets of working families. At the same time, we are dangerously dependent on foreign oil, which puts our national security at risk. In order to lower gas prices and declare our energy independence, we must make a national commitment to the development of renewable energy through innovation and the advancement of alternative energy sources.
Congressman Murphy is proud that he has worked with Democrats and Republicans to invest in renewable energy and bring green energy jobs to the 8th District. He believes that green energy and the "green collar" jobs of the future are keys to boosting our economy, protecting our environment and weaning ourselves off of foreign oil.
Locally, Congressman Murphy helped to break ground on the fourth largest solar field in the United States - the largest east of the Mississippi River. In Bucks County, nearly 1,000 people have been put to work building components for wind turbines and solar panels at the old U.S. Steel site in Fairless Hills. Quickly, it has become a green energy hub, supplying the area with jobs that were lost when U.S. Steel stopped manufacturing at the site.
To help meet the needs of emerging businesses in the alternative energy industry, Congressman Murphy introduced and passed a bill that will prepare students for green energy careers by helping technical schools to modernize. He also voted for the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act to provide $20 billion in tax incentives to invest in, develop and use renewable energy.