Washington, D.C. (February 9, 2021) – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers today highlighted Eastern Washington’s critical role in upholding and strengthening American energy independence. During today’s Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing, Rodgers said the following:
“For too long, the discussion about climate policy has been dominated by the view that there is only one way—the relentless government-knows-best approach of the environmental extremists. But a one-size-fits-all, a Green New Deal style approach with mandates that never yield the best results is not going to serve our families or our businesses. Yet we see that type of thinking time and time again in proposals that would undermine hydropower, weaken nuclear energy, and kill fossil energy, including clean natural gas.”
“When we work together thoughtfully, we can win the future with policies that serve American families. This is especially the case as we advance climate solutions that are going to work for all regions of the country and our diverse communities … In Washington State, Energy Northwest is collaborating to support nuclear technologies, TerraPower’s Natrium, NuScale’s and X-Energy’s small modular reactors, [and] we’ve opened doors to carbon capture technology.”
“Let’s work together. Let’s win the future. We can lead a new era of innovation – a new era of hope in the American dream. Let’s not let regulations hold us back and crush our chances of achieving this.”
Click here to watch Cathy’s full opening statement.