One of the difficulties in examining the issue of the climate change and greenhouse gases is that there is a wide range of scientific opinion on this issue and the science community does not agree to the extent of the problem or the critical threshold of when this problem is truly catastrophic.
On the Record
Voted for H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, which would prioritize drilling on our public lands and waters over other activities such as hiking, hunting, and fishing. Such a mandate subverts the multiple uses our public lands have historically been managed for, and it would harm businesses that comprise our nation’s $646 billion outdoor recreation economy. The bill would also put the Atlantic and California coasts at risk of an oil spill by expanding risky offshore drilling to these areas while increasing perverse incentives for more drilling by directing additional revenue from federally-owned oil resources to coastal states.
Voted against an amendment to H.R.4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014, which would require companies to renegotiate leases that require no payment of royalties to the United States before bidding on new leases authorized by the underlying bill. This amendment closes a key royalty payment loophole and would save taxpayers billions of dollars.
Voted for H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, which would expand offshore drilling off the coasts of South Carolina, Virginia, California, and in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. This legislation would put many coastal communities at risk of an oil spill at a time when total U.S. oil production from both onshore and offshore drilling has reached its highest level in 20 years, and the oil industry already holds drilling rights to more than 30 million acres offshore on which it is not producing oil. The bill also increases the risks from offshore drilling by further weakening an environmental review process that the National Oil Spill Commission found was already grossly inadequate.
Vote for an amendment to H.R. 5326, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013, which would eliminate funding for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Climate Change Education Program. Funding from NSF for climate change education is integral to developing science-based education resources and programs and maintaining a nationwide network of educators, scientists, and others that are focused on keeping Americans informed about the impacts of global warming on our planet.