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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Energy Independence


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.

More on Energy Independence

Feb 4, 2015 Press Release

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:

Jan 28, 2015 Press Release

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.  

Jan 9, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC — Congressman Jim Costa (Fresno-D) released the following statement after Congress voted to move forward with construction of Keystone XL Pipeline.