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.
More on Energy
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.
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement today in support of President Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal unveiled in a speech today in Pittsburgh, PA.
Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to President Biden urging him to halt a federal postal truck contract until a review can be conducted on whether inappropriate political influence was involved in the decision and whether the contract award is consistent with Biden’s calls for an electrification of federal vehicles. Late last week, Postmaster Louis DeJoy announced the U.S.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today applauded the U.S. Department of Energy announcement of a $100 million investment in support of the Biden Administration’s climate innovation agenda, which will fund transformative clean energy technology research and development projects. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) OPEN 2021 funding will help identify cutting-edge, disruptive clean energy technologies to address the climate crisis.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today applauds the announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will partner with Youngstown State University to develop an Energy Storage Workforce Innovation Center to further educate and develop the clean energy workforce in Northeast Ohio. This $1 million project is a much-anticipated pipeline for the battery and EV manufacturing industry that has come to define Voltage Valley.
Lordstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) made the following statement today after Lordstown Motors advanced to next stage in Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program application. Lordstown Motors has accepted an invitation from the United States Department of Energy to start the due diligence process toward securing an Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan (“ATVM Loan”).
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to congressional appropriators urging them to reject any cuts or elimination of the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program in any year-end government funding legislation.
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces $1.45 million to Eastgate Council of Governments to install 10 miles of fiber to establish a broadband network in downtown Youngstown that will serve 212 business locations and create 119 new jobs, $49,950 to BRITE Energy Innovators in Warren to continue their energy storage innovations, and $1 million to Appalachian Growth Capital to expand access to capital for small businesses in the Appalachian region of Ohio which includes the Mahoning Valley. These funds were made available by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER (
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted in favor of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which makes long-overdue reforms to U.S energy policy and authorizes major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future. This legislation promises to usher in a new era in American innovation in Northeast Ohio and across the nation.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of Fiscal Year 2020 Domestic Appropriations Package (H.R. 1865), which contained the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education; Agriculture; Energy and Water Development; Interior-Environment; Legislative Branch; Military Construction-Veterans Affairs; State-Foreign Operations; and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bills. Congressman Ryan has served on the House Appropriations Committee since 2006 and currently serves as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee.