We live and raise our families in Colorado for the quality of life it provides us. As your Congressman, I am committed to protecting our environment. The benefits derived from stewardship of public and private lands such as cleaner water and air, improved soils, and abundant wildlife habitat are critical to the future of the planet. I have a strong record of supporting legislation designed to protect and preserve our natural habitat for future generations. Things like recycling, bicycling when possible, investing in renewable energy technologies, working to preserve open space and fighting global warming are ways we can preserve not only our quality of life but our environment. Specifically, investing in renewable energy technology is good for jobs, good for our environment and good for our national security. I will continue to support investments in conservation projects and protecting our public lands and natural environment for generations.
Climate Change & Energy Independence
I am concerned about the potential effects on our climate resulting from global warming. Additionally, Americans recognize one of our greatest threats to national security is dependency on foreign energy. Congress must act to reduce greenhouse emissions, promote clean domestic energy production, and provide key environmental protection to our communities. Since taking office in 2007, I helped secure an increase in funding to the Department of Energy for programs that fund NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in Golden. This is the flagship renewable energy research facility in the country and is located in the 7th Congressional District. Due to these funding increases they have hired hundreds of new employees and are increasing and improving their research facilities and infrastructure. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to further combat global warming for our communities today and for future generations.
Green Office Initiative
As part of an ongoing collaboration between public policy, research institutions and the business community to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, I launched a Green Office Initiative. As a member of Congress, I must lead by example and not just talk about renewable energy. This initiative is good for national security, good for jobs and good for the climate. To fully wean ourselves from foreign oil and promote energy independence we must take action.
The building in which our 7th Congressional District Office is located is LEED-EB Certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design-Existing Building) and has a 30kw photovoltaic (PV) on the roof to provide a portion of the building’s energy needs.
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