House Approves Upton Legislation to Modernize U.S. Energy Policy

Bipartisan Legislation Continues “All of the Above” Energy Approach

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 03, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his House colleagues in advancing H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act by a bipartisan 249-174 vote. The innovative legislation, sponsored by Upton, focuses on updating the United States’ energy policy to properly reflect the changing energy landscape.

“How can it be in the 21st century with incredible energy abundance we can’t get energy to consumers in some parts of the country? This bill is the fix we need to ensure folks in Southwest Michigan and every corner of the country have access to affordable and reliable energy,” said Upton, who also chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “A decade ago no one could have imagined where we would be in 2015 and how much the energy script would be flipped in our favor. This bill promotes access to affordable and reliable energy, diversity, efficiency, and modernization of our energy infrastructure, and most important it modernizes our electricity grid. Today, the House put the scarcity mindset in the rear view mirror and said yes to affordable energy and yes to jobs.”

Since most of our energy policies are rooted in the 1970’s energy scarcity mindset, H.R. 8 focuses on updating our energy laws to maximize our energy potential. H.R. 8 includes four main pillars – modernizing our energy infrastructure, protecting our electricity system, strengthening our energy security and diplomacy, and improvingenergy efficiency and government accountability.

To read a recent op-ed on H.R. 8 from Congressman Upton that appeared in Morning Consult, please click here.

To view letters of support for H.R. 8, please click here.

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