** What They Are Saying **
September 28, 2017

National Clean Energy Week is successfully bringing together bipartisan state and federal elected leaders, Trump Administration officials, national energy advocates and media pundits to collaborate and exchange ideas in support of clean energy development. Together we striving to maximize our energy potential to achieve America’s economic, environmental and national security goals in the 21st century.

Here’s What They Are Saying…

 

Trump Administration Officials

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry: “America’s innovation is what makes us different – our technology. And that’s one of the things that this administration is truly committed to is having a diverse portfolio of energy – not just to be energy independent, but hopefully in the very near future to be energy dominant…We need a true, all of the above approach for creating abundant, clean and affordable energy – not just for America, but for the world.”

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke: “We all want the same thing. We want clean, efficient energy that’s abundant and cost-efficient, but in order to get there… the government should be the good guy that small businesses and innovative people want to come to… and we should learn how to work with you to give you a little more flexibility.”

 

Governors

Governor Butch Otter (ID): “Idaho is a national leader in clean energy, with our rivers supplying half of our net electricity generation, the fourth-largest hydroelectricity share in the nation…[A]s America celebrates National Clean Energy Week, I encourage…all municipalities and individuals to implement the cleanest, lowest-emitting energy technologies available.”

Governor Matthew Mead (WY): “[T]he State of Wyoming supports an all-inclusive energy portfolio because affordable energy is the backbone of a strong economy; and…is committed to developing innovative solutions for clean and reliable forms of energy, including by advancing technologies that capture CO2 from power plants and create value-added products.”

Governor Brian Sandoval (NV): “[T]he clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a driver of economic growth in Nevada and the number of jobs in the clean energy sector grew by 5.9 percent last year and by 21.4 percent since 2012, with more than 25,800 people currently employed in the clean energy sector… we must harness the power of Nevada entrepreneurs and small businesses and ensure government collaboration to assert American energy leadership and dominance in the global marketplace and assure low-cost reliable energy at home.”

Governor Christopher Sununu (NH): “[A]cross New Hampshire clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before…clean energy is an important part of New Hampshire’s energy future.”
Governor Phil Scott (VT): “Vermont is committed to renewable energy that benefits our economy and environment; and…Vermont’s growing energy economy has created jobs while reducing consumer demand for high-cost, high-carbon ‘peak energy’ by creating and supporting clean, alternative energy sources and increasing energy efficiency.”

Governor Terry McAuliffe (VA)
: “[I]n 2014, there were only 17 megawatts of solar installed in the Commonwealth, and today, Virginia has more than 2,600 megawatts installed or under development; and…  from 2014 to 2016, revenue from the energy efficiency industry has increased four-fold from $300 million to $1.2 billion… clean energy is part of Virginia’s energy future.”

 

Members of Congress

Senator Lindsey Graham: “Energy independence is a good thing. Job creation in America is a necessary thing and being better stewards of God’s creation is a worthy thing. How do you do this?… Here’s the deal, to the environmental community, you need a guy like me and I need somebody like you…It takes coalitions, it takes the oil and gas companies to buy in and a lot of them have, it takes people on the environmental side to be reasonable, it takes leadership from the Senate and the House and it’s going to take presidential leadership…I look forward to working with you… Future generations will look upon us with a smile if we pull this off.”

Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers: “I’m excited about technological innovation and American ingenuity that enables us to develop new and cutting-edge ways of clean energy production… The people I have the honor of representing in Eastern Washington heavily rely on clean renewable, reliable and affordable energy created from hydropower. Hydropower helped build the Pacific Northwest…By unleashing American innovation, we can continue to support hydropower so that it can continue to support us.”

Congressman Derek Kilmer: “Happy Clean Energy Week…I am particularly excited to be a part of this event in part because it is a bipartisan event and I know that oftentimes the conversations around energy, climate and the environment can get kind of partisan, but as you all know that hasn’t always been the case…In my view, if we can put aside some of the political debates about the causes of climate change, it actually gives us an opportunity to deal with some of the real world impacts we’re seeing.”

Congressman Ryan Costello: “We, as members of Congress, rely on those who advocate and propose policies to educate and inform the public as well as us…I think all of you are doing a great job at that.”

Senator John Barrasso: “America needs an all-of-the-above approach for energy.In Wyoming and across the country, clean energy sources like nuclear power and carbon capture technologies create jobs and grow the economy. Our committee will continue to work, on a bipartisan basis, to help support that innovation.”

Senator Chris Coons: “Proud to support the first-ever #CleanEnergyWeek & federally sponsored investments in energy innovation.”
Congressman Dave Reichert: “Environmental stewardship and economic growth can go hand in hand.”

Senator Kelly Ayotte: “I’m really glad to be here for the first National Clean Energy Week and it will be the first of many because this is so important to our country.”

 

The Media

Bloomberg BNA: “Perry also spoke about the potential of deploying national lab innovations in Puerto Rico during a panel discussion at a Sept. 26 National Clean Energy Week event in Washington, D.C…’That’s the type of innovation that’s going on at our national labs. Hopefully, we can expedite that,’ he said.”

POLITICO Morning Energy: “National Clean Energy Week kicks off: A veritable who’s who and VIPs of the clean energy world are in town this week to tout the benefits of clean energy technologies and try to rally support in Congress and the administration for the sector’s continued growth. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Energy Secretary Rick Perry launch the festivities in earnest on Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Axios Generate: Graham appeared at a National Clean Energy Week event to lay out the rationale for creating a carbon fee…Graham emphasized that a carbon fee would be a pro-nuclear stance, and hinted at some of his behind-the-scenes activities as he explores potential legislation. “’I am talking to some power companies. We have got to make it good business for them. Nuclear power is far more valuable in a lower-carbon economy.’”


Washington Examiner’s Daily on Energy
: “Industry rolls out Clean Energy Week: Industry trade groups are starting Clean Energy Week on Monday to highlight the country’s need for everything from solar to natural gas and nuclear power plants.”

Casper Star-Tribune: “Wyoming’s governor, Matt Mead, touted carbon capture recently in a proclamation for Clean Energy Week. The governor called for an “all-inclusive energy portfolio,” stumping for both fossil fuels and renewables. Wyoming has one of the largest proposed wind farms in the country currently under construction and is widely acknowledged as one of the best high-wind areas in the U.S.”

Daily Energy Insider: A panel of electric power experts agreed during a congressional hearing Tuesday that a diversification of power sources will benefit hurricane-stricken Texas and Puerto Rico, where electric power has been out for more than a week and where it may be months still before power is restored….The hearing, which coincided with National Clean Energy Week, was aimed at exploring how advanced energy technologies are giving consumers greater control over their electricity use, according to Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI).