Our Valley is an energy rich region, supplying the state with power from oil, gas, and renewable sources like hydropower, biomass, wind, and solar. This vital sector of our economy is a job creator in our communities and a key player in reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign sources of energy.
For these reasons, I took the lead on this issue with a bipartisan group of legislators in the 112th Congress in introducing the Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act. Unlike the “cap and trade” bill which I opposed and voted against, this bill outlines a practical, responsible energy plan for America that would further develop domestic energy production of traditional oil and gas, provide a funding stream to clean up the environment and fully develop clean energy technologies.
In addition, our Valley’s energy economy has been bolstered through the Recovery Act. These funds have gone toward creating good-paying jobs, allowing Valley cities to develop and implement projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel emissions in our cities.
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(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the minibus appropriations bill to fund programs within Agriculture & Rural Development, Interior &Environment, State & Foreign Operations, and Military Construction & Veterans Affairs:
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a bill which would invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure.
(Fresno) – After leading the fight in Congress for investment in America’s national rail infrastructure, Congressman Jim Costa unveiled the High-Speed Rail Corridor Development Act, legislation that would provide $32 billion to fund projects in federally designated high-speed rail corridors.
Washington, D.C. – Reps. Jim Costa (D-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Steve Womack (R-AR)released the following statement today on the introduction of H.R. 704, the RFS Reform Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives:
Washington, D.C.– Rep. Jim Costa released the following statement after H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act passed the House floor. The bipartisan legislation would expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export permits.
Washington, DC — Congressman Jim Costa (Fresno-D) released the following statement after Congress voted to move forward with construction of Keystone XL Pipeline.