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, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauded a ruling by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) that would help protect hundreds of Mahoning Valley jobs. PUCO agreed to a “Reasonable Arrangement” that will reduce energy costs for the Warren Steel Holdings company and enable it to remain competitive. The ruling follows Brown’s and Ryan’s efforts earlier this month to urge PUCO to take this action for the wellbeing of the Valley and its workers.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan voted in support of H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, which will expedite and streamline the Department of Energy’s review process of applications to export Liquefied Natural Gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. Congressman Ryan, co-founder of the LNG Export Working Group, is the lead Democratic cosponsor of H.R. 6.
Warren, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to cut carbon emissions across the United States:
Washington, DC -- Yesterday, the Department of Energy announced their intention to revise the process for reviewing facilities that have applied to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries. Under DOE’s current process, they review and assess applications based on chronological order in which they were submitted, and then grant those they deem worthy a “conditional authorization.” Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to the Department’s policy change:
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to Governor Kasich signing legislation into law to freeze and roll back Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ryan announced today successful federal grant approvals awarded to The Ohio State University and the Babcock and Wilcox Company Power Generation Group in the amount of $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. The award to OSU and Babcock & Wilcox for Phase 2 development of Iron-based coal direct chemical looping (CDCL) technology will be critical to their research in securing a future for clean coal in our nation. This grant will hopefully lead to major breakthroughs not only for our country’s prosperity, but also for the environment.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) have introduced legislation to help provide emergency relief to the ongoing propane and home heating fuels shortage in the United States.
Congressman Ryan announced today $25,000 in Rural Development grants from the Department of Agriculture. Frank Lonardo’s Greenhouse of Youngstown has received a grant of $13,045 to install a solar PV system (solar generator), which will generate 9,765kWh’s of energy. Stroup Farms, Inc. of Atwater has received a grant of $11,791 to replace an inefficient grain dryer, saving them 89,328KWh’s of energy.
Washington – Congressman Tim Ryan yesterday voted against the Energy and Water Appropriations (H.R. 2609), a bill that reduced essential energy and water infrastructure investments. The $30.4 billion bill cuts $2.9 billion from 2013 levels and is $4.1 billion below President Obama’s budget request. This bill is another example of House Republicans ignoring the real issues facing the nation, creating jobs and growing the economy—and passing bills that have no chance of becoming law.
Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Congressman Rodney Alexander (R-LA) together cosponsored an amendment which passed the full Appropriations Committee during the markup of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The amendment asks the Department of Energy (DOE) to report to the Committee how they will move forward with the backlog of non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Applications. Additionally, the amendment encourages the DOE to create a system which is transparent and efficient to work through the backlog of non-FTA LNG Export Applications.