Energy & Environment

Arizona has made great progress the past few years in establishing more types of affordable, reliable power, building the first renewable portfolio standard in the country, and aggressively pushing for higher energy-efficiency standards.

I believe Washington must embrace a sound “all of the above” energy solution and take this approach to factories, power plants, and businesses across the country.

Not only should we optimize the use of our traditional energy reserves, but we also should continue to expand into renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric, nuclear and geothermal power. We are seeing many different disruptive technologies and zero-emission facilities in production that we should be supporting across the United States. These are all vital to cleaning our environment, as well as the economic welfare and national security of the United States 

The government must stop picking winners and losers in the industry. Each of these sources must stand on their own in the marketplace, without government-sponsored interference. More and more cities and towns within Congressional District 6 and around Arizona are changing their practices to better use the resources available in a long-lasting, renewable fashion-- there’s a chance for real change.  

Some of the new technology that I have been focusing on includes battery storage, micro-grid development, and carbon capture storage. These are just a few examples of 21st century technology that Arizona is not only leading the way in R&D, but also actual implementation, without oppressive regulatory burdens and mandates. The free market has led to an incredible growth in technologies that has led America to become a net-exporter of energy for the first time in our history, while also reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. As pro-growth, market-based solutions have led to exciting new techniques in soil health, water sustainability, and agricultural research that reduces land-use while increasing crop yields, allowing us to feed our ever-growing planet, I will continue to work with my colleagues to identify new sources of power that will lower our families’ monthly bills and allow our economy to grow. 

I have spoken on the House floor about the different types of environmental technology being produced. To watch floor speeches on energy and environment, click here

More on Energy & Environment

January 15, 2020 In The News

Technology that would suck carbon dioxide from the air and ocean water could be more quickly scaled up to address climate change now that the military is getting involved, scientists say.

January 8, 2020 In The News

Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and several other House members on Jan. 8 introduced legislation that would institute a technology-neutral tax credit. The Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act is supported by the American Public Power Association.

Reed was joined in introducing the measure by fellow Ways and Means Committee members Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Darrin LaHood, R-Ill., Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., David Schweikert, R-Ariz., and Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J..

January 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCToday, Reps. David Schweikert (AZ-06), Tom Reed (NY-23), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Darin LaHood (IL-18), Tom Suozzi (NY-03) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) introduced the Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act to encourage U.S. energy market innovation and ensure future generations have clean air to breath and clean water to drink. 

April 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCToday, Congressman Schweikert (AZ-06) sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service, with support from members of the Arizona delegation, regarding forest health in the State of Arizona. Members of the Arizona delegation released the following statements in support of this letter:

April 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles P. Retting, urging updated guidance for stakeholders who qualify for the 45Q tax credits.

February 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCToday, Representatives David Schweikert, Tony Cárdenas, and Pete Aguilar re-introduced the Crowd Sourcing of Environmental Data Act of 2019, a bi-partisan bill to incorporate mobile monitoring devices to increase the size, scope, and density of data collected for a cleaner environment. Congressman Schweikert and Cárdenas released the following statements after the bill was re-introduced.