Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today introduced the American Energy Innovation Act with colleagues from the Western Caucus and the Republican Study Committee.
"Montanans have clear choices when it comes to the energy future of our country," said Rehberg, a member of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. "I've always said that we need an all-of-the-above energy approach that also harnesses existing energy while investing in the alternative sources of the future. Instead of a punitive cap and trade policy that hikes a family's energy bill by $3,100 per year, my legislation keeps prices low by promoting innovation, conservation and production of all our options from day one."
To foster job creation, the American Energy Innovation Act includes three interrelated goals. First, promote entrepreneurial innovation within the energy market by reducing financial, regulatory, and legal burdens. Second, provide incentives to reduce demand and increase domestic energy security with greater conservation and efficiency. Finally, encourage the production of more American energy from all available resources and technologies.
"Montana's an energy producing state," said Rehberg. "We've got it all: Wind, coal, solar, biomass, oil, and if we can get the bureaucrats out of the way, we can help provide energy for the rest of the country - including states like California and New York who refuse to produce energy of their own."