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Welcome to the website of the Republican members of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

In the United States and around the globe, there's a debate about what effect emissions from cars, factories and power plants are having on the temperature of the Earth. This debate has inspired passion in some, fear in others, and a host of solutions, both good and bad.Global warming is a serious issue, and Republicans on this panel are looking for common-sense solutions that Americans can support. Fortunately, some potential global warming solutions also stand to make the U.S. more energy independent, a goal every American can get behind.The Republicans of this committee believe positive ideas, not fear, is the best way to address global warming and energy independence. While searching for solutions, Republicans will urge Congress to be guided by these principles:

  • First, any climate change policy must protect U.S. jobs and the economy.

  • Second, any solution must focus on technologies from across the energy spectrum, from nuclear to clean coal to renewable energy to improved energy efficiencies.

  • Third, any solution must produce real improvement to the environment. Some proposals would damage the economy without making any significant reductions in greenhouse gases. 


  • Finally, it must require global participation, including China and India, whose industrial growth is resulting in a tremendous rise in greenhouse gas emissions from these nations. This year, it is expected that China will surpass the U.S. in greenhouse gas emissions.

Using these principles, Congress can find global warming solutions that benefit not just Americans, but all of the world's people.


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Sensenbrenner Urges Senate to Restore Yucca Mountain Funds to Spending Bill

Sensenbrenner: ‘A project of this importance shouldn’t be subjected to back-door efforts to kill it.’


Washington, D.C.– U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, made the following statement today on the release of 1,924-page Senate appropriations legislation that eliminates funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository:

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There exists a balance between environmental standards and a respect for jobs that the Environmental Protection Agency has been unable to find.


Last June, in a little-noticed regulatory action, the EPA proposed new standards for industrial boilers and process heaters. The standards, known as the boiler MACT proposal, were so strict that President and CEO of the Biomass Power Association Bob Cleaver described them as “unachievable.” A recent study found that the new standards would result in a loss of up to 337,000 jobs and cost more than $5.7 billion in new taxes.

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Members Urge NRC Chairman to Continue Yucca Mountain Review

Sensenbrenner: ‘President shouldn’t leave policy reversal to an unelected bureaucrat’



Washington, D.C.–  Several leading Members of Congress asked Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko to justify his plans to halt the review of the Yucca Mountain, Nev. nuclear waste repository and urged him to move the process ahead. In a letter sent to Jaczko, four ranking Republicans said that by requiring NRC staff to end the review of the Department of Energy’s application to license Yucca Mountain as a waste storage facility, he was single-handedly reversing the wishes of Congress.

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Sensenbrenner Urges President to Open Independent Investigation of BP Spill

Sensenbrenner: ‘Send message to American public that you accept responsibility’


Washington, D.C.–  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., told President Obama that his Administration should open a separate, independent investigation of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill after the initial report from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon showed that the Administration failed to act upon or fully inform the public of the worst-case estimates on the spill.

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Energy Taxes Won’t Help Pakistan

Sensenbrenner: ‘Briefing Ties Floods to Democratic Environmental Agenda’


Washington, D.C.– U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, made the following statement during today’s briefing titled,  “Extreme Weather in a Warming World:”
“I’d like to begin by reading an excerpt from Time Magazine:
‘Across eastern India and Pakistan, monsoon rains swept in mighty torrents between the Himalayas and the sea. In the heart of the populous Ganges valley, 10,000 villages crumbled and vanished, and farmers shared tree trunks with cobras in the worst floods since 1871.
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Science Committee Adopts Sensenbrenner Nuclear Waste Amendment

Sensenbrenner: ‘Irresponsible for Obama to Walk Away from Yucca Mountain’


Washington, D.C.–  The House Science Committee today approved an amendment from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that will reinforce the Obama Administration’s responsibility to store spent nuclear waste at the proposed Yucca Mountain, Nev. nuclear waste repository. The Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2010 (H.R. 5866) will update Department of Energy nuclear energy research programs in order to develop new nuclear energy technology. 

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Environmental Regulations Pose Serious Threat to U.S. Economic Health

Sensenbrenner: ‘America needs Congress to focus on creating jobs and economic growth’


Washington, D.C.– U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, made the following statement during today’s hearing titled,  “The Global Clean Energy Race:” 

“In today’s hearing, I expect a slew of experts to tell us what we already know: if we mandate that electric companies use wind energy, it will drive private investment into the wind sector. Of course it will. What investor wouldn’t want a guaranteed market? If we mandate that everyone drive cars with square tires, we will drive investment there too, but that doesn’t mean we should.
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Sensenbrenner Lauds Ex-Im Bank Approval for Indian Power Plant

‘Need to Focus on Job Creation, Move Past Cap-and-Tax’


Washington, D.C. –Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming issued the following statement on the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s 3-0 vote on Wednesday to make a $900 million in loan guarantees for an Indian power plant and mining project that will contract South Milwaukee’s Bucyrus International Inc. to manufacture equipment:

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CLEAR Act Amendment Protects Intellectual Property of Chemical Maker

Sensenbrenner: ‘CLEAR Act Will Diminish Ability to Respond to Future Oil Spills’


Washington, D.C. –U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, issued the following statement on today’s schedule meeting of the House Rules Committee to consider amendments to H.R. 3532, the Consolidated Lane, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act:

“The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico this summer clearly showed that improvements to offshore drilling practices and regulations are needed. But the CLEAR Act that the House Rules Committee will consider this evening goes much further than needed and will likely lead to higher taxes, lost jobs and higher energy prices. I will submit an amendment to the Rules Committee that will improve this bill’s language on chemical dispersants, and I hope that the Committee approves this and other amendments that will fix this fatally flawed bill.
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A Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel reviewing President Barack Obama’s request to permanently shutter Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository recently found something lacking in the administration’s case — merit.

The administration’s case for closing Yucca Mountain wasn’t based on valid safety concerns, sound science or funding concerns. It was simply a “matter of policy.”
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