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.
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Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today welcomed the decision by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to locate a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Lake County which will allow residents and businesses in Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties severely impacted by flash floods and flooding on July 11 to apply for low-interest SBA disaster loans. Administrator McMahon made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Bruce Rauner on Nov. 9, 2017, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.
Washington, DC —U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of $36.5 billion in emergency supplemental disaster relief legislation for urgent, short-term, immediate needs related to recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and wildfires in the western United States. The legislation fully funds White House requests and improves accountability by including strong reporting and other oversight requirements. In total (including this legislation), Congress will have provided an additional $51.75B in emergency funding for disaster response and recovery.