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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Energy and Environment

Wind. Solar. Natural gas. Domestic oil production. America's energy resources are vast, yet currently under-utilized.

I support a diversified or “all-of-the-above” energy policy that would create thousands of new American jobs, dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil from unfriendly nations and maximize our boundless natural resources in an environmentally-safe way. I believe that immediate and long-term benefits can be realized through smarter policies for energy efficiency, without the economic hardship many recent short-sighted policies have unleashed.

Unfortunately, the White House is standing in the way—the Obama Administration prefers to cherry-pick their favored energy pet projects at the exclusion of proven job-producing basic scientific research and breakthrough advances like those produced at Fermilab in Batavia and our 18 other outstanding national laboratories across the country. Most notably, the administration gave out a single loan guarantee – $536 million of taxpayer dollars to the now bankrupt Solyndra – that is close to 70% of the entire High Energy Physics annual budget. Funds, bestowed upon a failing business, could have continued experiments such as the Tevatron in Fermilab for more than 10 years. 

I support a comprehensive strategy that includes increasing domestic energy production both on and off-shore. I also favor market-based energy reform initiatives to expand carbon-free nuclear power and alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar power, both of which currently create jobs right here in Illinois.

In Congress, I am working to expand domestic energy production to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This includes support for the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would create thousands of good jobs and help grow our economy at the same time.

More on Energy and Environment

Mar 25, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) issued the following statement today regarding the release of EPA’s draft proposal defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

Mar 13, 2014
In The News

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday launched an investigation into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision-making process leading up to establishing emissions standards for new power plants.

Leaders of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee have written to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting documents they will use to determine whether the agency complied with the law when it developed its proposals for new power plants, announced in September 2013.

Dec 19, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), along with 20 members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy highlighting serious problems with the agency’s proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for power plants. Specifically, the Committee members pointed out that any EPA rule requiring the capture of carbon must address where the carbon is stored.

Jul 11, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) issued the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 2609, the Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.  Last night, the House passed the bill by a vote of 227 – 198.

Jan 25, 2012
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement after the House Committee on Agriculture approved H.R. 3527, the Protecting Main Street End-Users From Excessive Regulation Act, by voice vote. Hultgren intro