I believe that Congress, the Administration, and the American people need to show leadership and dedication to moving our nation towards the expansion of and support for renewable energy sources that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. To curb our dependence, I strongly believe that the United States must reduce its consumption of fossil fuels and move towards an energy future in which solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable sources produce a greater percentage of our nation’s energy. However, it is clear that our transportation system will continue to use fossil fuels for the near future. Cleaner and cheaper than petroleum, I believe that natural gas should be a viable fueling option for American consumers and support the transition from petroleum to natural gas, as well as related development of fuel technology.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am proud to have had the opportunity to promote important investments in our country’s energy supply. Which includes the creation and implementation of a comprehensive energy strategy that will strengthen our nation and provide its citizens with policies that create wealth, improve health, and protect our environment.
Liquefied Natural Gas
In northeast Ohio, we have made great advancements in both small and large manufactures by creating new jobs. With lower gas prices, we will be able to help build upon this revival. Unfortunately, we still have too many people without good paying jobs and expanding the export market for natural gas gives us the opportunity to provide more employment. It is estimated that for every $1 billion in exports, up to 5,000 new jobs would be created (Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, which cites the U.S. International Trade Administration). Selling LNG to foreign nations has the potential for enormous effects, not only for the northeast Ohio economy, but all around the country. While I realize the concerns regarding the price of natural gas for American consumers, I am confident that increased production will maintain competitive prices for the American market. That is why I have cosponsored several pieces of legislation that would help expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas exports, including the Export American Natural Gas Act, the American Job Creation and Strategic Alliances LNG Act, and the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.
Further, I have introduced legislation to get greener trucks onto our roads. Climate change is real, and we are seeing its effects firsthand. Natural-gas fueled trucks will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease our dependence on foreign oil and move us eventually towards a future that runs on clean energy. This legislation would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a partial exclusion for alternative fuel trucks from the excise tax imposed on heavy-duty trucks sold at retail. The tax code currently imposes a 12 percent Federal Excise Tax (FET) on the sale of heavyduty trucks. Alternative fuel trucks, like natural gas vehicles (NGV), include new technology and are sold in limited quantities, and, therefore have a much higher first cost or incremental cost than conventional trucks. The 12 percent tax rate is assessed not only on the base cost of the truck but also on the incremental cost, acting as a penalty by unnecessarily adding to the already higher cost of these vehicles.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today applauded President Biden’s latest actions to position America to drive the electric vehicle future forward, outcompete China, and tackle the climate crisis – including a target of 50% electric vehicle sales share by 2030.
Youngtown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today applauded the United States International Trade Commission (USITC)’s affirmative ruling for Vallourec’s antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVC) petitions. This is the final action in the investigation and ensures Vallourec and its employees will receive the intended relief from the impacts of unfairly dumped and subsidized imports of seamless pipe from Czechia, Korea, Russia, and Ukraine.
Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) today joined with Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA), David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) in introducing the bipartisan Battery Material Processing and Component Manufacturing Act, H.R. 4864, which aims to strengthen the domestic battery manufacturing industry by providing grants for the construction or retooling of facilities for processing battery materials or manufacturing of battery components.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after securing nearly $18 million for all ten local Community Funding Projects that he submitted in the government funding package that passed the House of Representatives today.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today joined with his colleagues to re-introduce the Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act, a bill that would provide $70 million for former coal communities to help strengthen their economies, diversify industries, and promote new job creation opportunities.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces that the full House Appropriations Committee has passed the Energy and Water Appropriations bill which funds a number of important national initiatives and several of Congressman Ryan’s priorities, including electric vehicle technology, battery manufacturing efforts, and money for river cleanup efforts. Youngstown State University, BRITE Energy Incubator and other local entities are already well-positioned to compete for these funds.
Highlights of the legislation include:
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), the Vice Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, passed out of the Appropriations committee an amendment to the Defense spending bill that would require the Defense Department to buy light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs that are made or assembled in the United States. This year, GE-Savant in Bucyrus, Ohio ended its production of A19-model of LED lightbulbs due to competition from overseas and lack of U.S. customers.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s FY22 budget. In addition to the transformative proposals in the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, and among its many important components, President Biden’s budget invests in creating jobs, rebuilding our public health infrastructure, taking action on climate change, and strengthening America’s place in the world. Across every agency, President Biden’s budget has a relentless focus on fostering equity.
Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) today led a bipartisan coalition of House members in introducing the Coordinated Action to Capture Harmful (CATCH) Emissions Act, which will boost carbon capture tax credits for industrial facilities and power plants, resulting in less greenhouse gases and spurring additional innovation in clean energy technologies. Studies have shown how critical carbon capture will be to reaching US emissions targets, particularly for the industrial sector, and by adjusting the 45Q tax credit, more facilities like cement plants and steel mills w
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) released the following statement after two productive calls yesterday in which he advocated separately to Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for Ohio’s workers and businesses to lead the clean energy economy.