Bipartisan Measure Backed by 73 Members of Congress
WASHINGTON – As National Clean Energy Week 2020 officially kicks off today in communities across the country, U.S. Reps. John Curtis (R-UT) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) have introduced a bipartisan House resolution formally recognizing the event, and clean energy’s role in growing the American economy. The measure officially proclaims Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 as “National Clean Energy Week” and encourages individuals and organizations to support commonsense solutions that address the economic, environmental, and energy needs of the United States in the 21st century.
A total of 71 Members of Congress joined as original co-sponsors of the resolution: Mark Amodei (R-NV), Don Bacon (R-NE), Troy Balderson (R-OH), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Ed Case (D-HI) Steve Cohen (D-TN), Paul Cook (R-CA), Jim Costa (D-CA), TJ Cox (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Dianna DeGette (D-CO), Ted Deutch (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Mike Doyle (D-PA) Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Russ Fulcher (R-ID), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Garret Graves (R-LA), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Deb. Haaland (D-NM), Josh Harder (D-CA), Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Bill Keating (D-MA), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Ron Kind (D-WI), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Darin LaHood (R-IL), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Daniel W. Lipinski (D-IL), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Brian Mast (R-FL), Ben McAdams (D-UT), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), David McKinley (R-WV), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Scott Peters (D-CA), Tom Reed (R-NY), Tom Rice (R-SC), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Donna Shalala (D-FL), Michael Simpson (R-ID), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Bryan Steil (R-WI), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Mark Takano (D-CA), Van Taylor (R-TX), William Timmons (R-SC), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Juan Vargas (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-OR), and Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY). In 2019, Curtis and Lowenthal introduced H.Res.565, a similar measure, that was agreed to in the United States House of Representatives.
“With the start of National Clean Energy Week officially underway, I can’t think of a better time for members of Congress to collaborate in a bipartisan manner to advance clean energy technologies and jobs,” said NCEW Chair and Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Executive Director Heather Reams. “National Clean Energy Week’s organizers applaud Congressmen John Curtis and Alan Lowenthal for introducing this bipartisan resolution, which is backed by an impressive group of 73 members of Congress, who represent different regions of the country and constituencies. As our nation rebuilds, growing clean energy jobs is an area where legislators across all levels of government and political backgrounds can find common ground.”
Today’s House introduction marks yet another way that National Clean Energy Week continues to gain momentum and follows last week’s unanimous approval of the U.S. Senate resolution. To date, 23 of the nation’s governors as well as the Mayor of Washington, D.C. have issued formal proclamations declaring Clean Energy Week in their home states. Additionally, 160 participating organizations, spanning coast-to-coast and including groups dedicated to sustainability and free-market environmental policies, are taking part in this year’s celebrations.
Information about the week-long Policy Makers Symposium registration can be found at https://nationalcleanenergyweek.org/.
Text of the House resolution can be found below.
Expressing support for the designation of the week of September 21 through September 25, 2020, as ‘‘National Clean Energy Week’’.
Whereas across the United States, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before;
Whereas clean energy generation is readily available from zero- and low-emissions sources;
Whereas the clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in the United States in recent years;
Whereas technological innovation can further reduce costs and increase deployment of clean energy sources;
Whereas the ‘‘2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report’’ found that—
(1) at the end of 2019, the energy sector in the United States employed 6,800,000 individuals; and
(2) in 2019, the energy sector in the United States generated more than 120,000 new jobs;
Whereas the scaling of clean energy is essential to reducing harmful pollution;
Whereas clean energy jobs are inherently local, contribute to the growth of local economies, and cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance; and
Whereas innovative clean energy solutions and clean energy jobs are part of the energy future of the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) supports the designation of ‘‘National Clean Energy Week’’;
(2) encourages individuals and organizations across the United States to support commonsense solutions that address the economic, environmental, and energy needs of the United States in the 21st century;
(3) encourages the Federal Government, States, municipalities, and individuals to invest in clean, low-emitting energy technologies; and
(4) recognizes the role of entrepreneurs and small businesses in ensuring the energy leadership of the United States in the global marketplace and supporting low-cost, clean, and reliable energy in the United States.
National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), described by POLITICO as “a veritable who’s who of the Clean Energy World,” is an annual awareness week to recognize the value of clean energy including abundant job opportunities, economic growth, energy independence, consumer choice, lower energy prices, and a cleaner environment. Follow NCEW on Twitter (@NCEWConf) and Facebook (NationalCleanEnergyWeek) for event updates. www.nationalcleanenergyweek.org