Issue Position: Energy and Environment

Issue Position

By:  Jim Cooper
Date: Jan. 1, 2011
Location: Unknown

Our nation's current energy policies pose economic, national security and environmental threats. Yet, as we've seen in Tennessee, new ideas can create economic opportunities, thousands of jobs, and stable energy prices.

For too long, our nation has been dependent on foreign oil. This addiction costs us hundreds of billions of dollars every year and puts our troops in harm's way. Instead of sending money overseas to unfriendly regimes, I believe we can find new, clean solutions for the twenty-first century.

Moreover, protecting the environment is a duty we owe our children and grandchildren. I am proud to have one of the strongest environmental records in Congress. I have consistently received 100% ratings from groups such as the League of Conservation Voters and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. I also helped write the plan in 1990 that dramatically reduced acid rain. This plan has been so successful that it serves as the model for proposed action on climate change.

Recently, I supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. Though not perfect, I believe this bill is an important first step away from foreign oil and towards the clean energy solutions that can create thousands of jobs in Tennessee. The bill would reduce the deficit, provide families with thousands of dollars in energy savings, and eliminate the equivalent of pollution from 500 million cars. Moreover, this bill would set limits for the first time on the greenhouse gas emissions that pose risks to future generations.


September 9, 2010∙Tennessee to offer $2,500 rebates on Nissan Leaf∙I was fortunate to have the opportunity to test drive the wonderful Nissan Leaf.

June 26, 2009 ∙ American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 . I voted for H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Upon the bill's passage, I issued the following statement: "This bill is a long way from becoming law, but it does jumpstart a national debate that every U.S. President has been begging us to have since the first oil shock in 1973. Both John McCain and Obama agreed in the last campaign that we need 'cap and trade' legislation like this. Click here for more information and to see a list of community organizations who support the bill.

May 5, 2009 ∙ Celebrating Earth Day ∙ My visit to Southside Elementary School in Lebanon was inspiring. The teachers, students and parents have embarked on a journey to be the first public elementary school in Tennessee to receive its "green flag" from the Tennessee Department of Education. I am amazed at the fruits of their labors; they've created recycling centers, planted educational gardens, and reduced carbon emissions through carpooling. And the school's efforts have had a ripple effect on Southside's students, who bring Earth-friendly living into their homes.

April 9, 2009 ∙ Energy Reform Op-Ed from the Tennessean ∙ How can energy reform strengthen our nation? Read my op-ed from the Tennessean explaining how reform can strengthen the economy and save our environment.

March 4, 2009 ∙ Clean Water Protection Act ∙ I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Clean Water Protection Act, H.R. 1310. This bill will protect our streams and communities from mining waste, and curb dangerous coal mining practices that have already destroyed 1,200 miles of streams throughout Appalachia.

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