Jan 09, 2020 / Energy/Environment

McMorris Rodgers at Energy Subcommittee Markup: We cannot meet climate goals without hydropower

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) today spoke at the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee markup in support of the Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization (RIVER) Act. She explained that we cannot meet our climate goals without embracing and expanding hydropower, the largest source of renewable energy in the United States. Watch her remarks here:

As Cathy said, “I would just highlight to this committee that hydropower is the largest renewable in America… There is huge capacity to expand hydroelectricity which is a clean, renewable, reliable source of electricity. We could double hydropower without even building a new dam because only three percent of the dams actually produce hydro-electricity.”
She continued, “Clearly, hydropower is an essential component to any clean energy plan and just yesterday, we saw where the majority laid out their “100 by 50” goal. There is no way we will be able to reach that kind of a goal and reduce carbon emission without embracing what hydropower is contributing and the potential of it to even do more.”
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