* Leading advocate for conservation initiatives as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsman's Caucus.
* Promoting sound policies that reflect the need for Congress to serve as good stewards of the environment and good stewards of taxpayer dollars and our economy.
As an avid outdoorsman, a clean environment and strong conservation programs are very important to me. Protecting the environment can go hand in hand with our efforts to expand our economy. I am working with my colleagues in Congress to develop legislation that is based on sound science and will continue to aid us in our effort to maintain and strengthen our environment. It is one of my top priorities that we continue to balance growth with stewardship. By reducing rates of pollution in more cost-effective manners, we can ensure that our "green" policies are economically and environmentally sound. I oppose policies that would have dubious long-term environmental benefits and devastating economic consequences.
I will continue to support responsible efforts that get us off of our addiction to fossil fuels. I have supported a recent proposal to establish a national renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for electric suppliers, which would move us toward greater use of renewable energy resources for our electricity needs. This policy, which builds on a RPS already in place in the Wisconsin, is an important tool that will diversify our country's energy portfolio, provide consumers with environmentally friendly and cost effective electricity, and encourage investment in alternative energy producing technology.
I will to fight for the environmental health of the Great Lakes, which has seen increasingly dangerous threats in recent years. The Great Lakes contain nearly 20 percent of the world's freshwater and supply more than 30 million Americans with their daily drinking water. Because of their great importance to our nation and our State, it is essential that we do all we can to protect the lakes. I have cosponsored legislation to enact a comprehensive set of environmental protection initiatives, including measures to prevent pollution, control invasive species, and curtail the loss of wildlife habitats.
During the 110th Congress, I have been proud to serve as the Republican House Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, where I have been a leader in supporting policies that help sportsmen. This includes issues that are related to conservation efforts, gun rights, and other hunting-related concerns. A vibrant, health environment is imperative for the many proud sportsmen in Wisconsin.