House Passes Delaney Clean Energy Amendment to Oil Export Bill
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) highlighting the importance of investing in clean energy technology. The Delaney amendment was adopted by a voice vote and was added to legislation (H.R. 702) that lifts the ban on oil exports. Delaney voted against the overall legislation, which was opposed by leading environmental groups, but offered the amendment to improve the bill to better reflect the country’s energy and environmental needs.
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“We can’t have a serious debate about energy policy without talking about climate change and the importance of investing in clean energy and that’s why I offered this amendment,” said Congressman Delaney. “This amendment is a simple factual statement about the benefits of investing in clean energy, but it importantly reorients our debate away from the old energy world and towards the new. Climate change poses a grave threat to our economy, our health and environment, and our national security and now, in a bill designed to boost oil exports, we have that reality reflected in the text. By passing this amendment, the House has acknowledged that growing our alternative energy sector will be overwhelmingly beneficial and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to act on climate.”
The Delaney amendment states that “[…] increasing investment in clean energy technology and energy efficiency will lower energy prices, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase national security” and was cosponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19). Delaney also offered an amendment calling for a federal study on the projected costs and benefits a carbon tax, with revenues used to provide tax credits for middle class families and to reduce businesses taxes, but that amendment was not made in order by the House Rules Committee.
Earlier this year, Delaney introduced the Tax Pollution, Not Profits Act, which establishes a tax on greenhouse gas emissions; with receipts from the tax directed towards 1) reducing the corporate tax rate to increase employment and reduce consumer costs 2) providing monthly payments to low-income and middle-class households and 3) funding job training, early retirement and health care benefits to coal workers.