On the Record
Voted for the American Energy and Conservation Act of 2016, which would expand revenue sharing from offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf, which creates incentives for additional offshore drilling that damages our climate and coastal communities, businesses, and ecosystems. Offshore drilling inevitably leads to oil spills, which puts at risk coastal communities’ robust tourism and commercial and recreational fishing industries, as well as critically important wildlife, while impeding America’s transition to clean energy. Revenue sharing also siphons revenues away from the Treasury and directs them to a handful of states at a time when we are struggling to address our nation’s fiscal challenges.
Voted against an amendment to S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which expresses the sense of Congress that climate change is real and that man-made pollution is a significant contributor to climate change. 2014 and 2015 were the two hottest years on record, and this amendment references the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other scientific institutions.
Voted against an amendment to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which would establish a K-12 climate change education grant program. Participating states would compete for grants in order to create climate change science and solutions curriculum, teacher trainings, and to achieve sustainable building standards.
Vote for an amendment to S. 1813, the Senate transportation bill titled the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which would threaten communities on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts with new offshore drilling, allow oil and gas drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, open millions of acres of public lands to oil shale and tar sands leasing, and authorize the immediate construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline despite significant safety and environmental concerns. In addition to causing immense environmental damage, the oil and gas leasing required by the amendment would fail to achieve its purported goal of raising the revenues necessary to fund the new transportation infrastructure included in the bill.