Patrick Murphy on Energy & Oil



Tax credits for manufacturing windmills & solar panels

Source: 2012 House campaign website, murphyforcongress.us, "Issues" , Nov 6, 2012

Create new industries via green technologies

I was raised on the beaches of South Florida and the protection of our natural resources is critically important to me. Immediately following the BP spill, I spent six months in the Gulf of Mexico leading the efforts of Coastal Environmental Services to remove oil spilled in the BP disaster. The spill was devastating not only to the environment, but also to the coastal communities, fishermen, restaurant owners, and hotel workers of the region. The ripple effect was enormous and is still being felt.

America's environmental policy should not only be crafted to preserve our ecosystems and jobs--it should be designed to create new industries. Green technologies and advancements that create greater efficiency will be crucial to our growth, and it is in our national interest as we begin to extricate ourselves from reliance on foreign oil and fossil fuels.

Source: 2012 House campaign website, murphyforcongress.us, "Issues" , Nov 6, 2012

Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico.

Murphy voted YEA Interior & Environment Agencies Appropriations

Congressional Summary: House amendment to H.R. 5538, the Interior & Environment Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017. This amendment would prohibit funds to be used to research, investigate, or study offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Heritage Foundation recommends voting NO: (7/13/2016): The Gulf of Mexico continues to be a very important asset for our energy future and it continues to produce significant amounts of oil and natural gas. Yet the Eastern Gulf of Mexico has not participated to this point despite its significant potential. A 2014 Heritage Foundation report said: "Excessive regulations and bureaucratic inefficiencies have stymied oil production and prevented the full effects of the energy boom." This amendment would block any potential progress that could take place by preventing the necessary work that would need to be prepared in the East Gulf for potential lease sales and eventual production.

Sierra Club recommends voting YES: (1/12/1974): The Sierra Club believes that no offshore petroleum exploration should occur unless and until the following conditions are met:

Legislative outcome: Failed House 185 to 243 (no Senate vote).

Source: Supreme Court case 16-H5538B argued on Jul 13, 2016

50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030.

Murphy co-sponsored H.Res.637/S.Res.386

Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should establish a national goal of more than 50 percent clean and carbon free electricity by 2030 for the purposes of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change, growing our economy, increasing our shared prosperity, improving public health, and preserving our national security.

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should--
  1. Establish a national goal of more than 50 percent clean and carbon free electricity by 2030; and
  2. Enact legislation to accelerate the transition to clean energy to meet this goal.
Source: Resolution for 50% Carbon-Free Electricity by 2030 16-HRes637 on Mar 3, 2016

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