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

July 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) joined House Ways and Means colleagues Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) in introducing the Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) Act, a bipartisan energy tax proposal to encourage innovation in the clean energy sector to help rapidly scale-up and diversify new technologies. 

July 7, 2021 In The News

(The Center Square) - An Arizona congressman wants to remove some of the environmental red tape in Washington. 

July 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced the Uranium Seawater Extraction Research and Development Act, legislation to expand clean energy research and technology for the extraction of uranium from seawater to reduce the United States dependence on imported uranium, and create a sustainable alternative method for extraction. 

July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced the NEPA State Assignment Expansion Act, and the NEPA Accountability and Enforcement Act, two pieces of legislation focused on reforming the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes. 

May 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced H.Res. 427, a resolution aimed at promoting the awareness and opportunities biotechnology has in agriculture and released the following statement.

April 21, 2021 In The News

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April 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Ways and Means Republicans David Schweikert (AZ-06), Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) and Carol Miller (WV-03) joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy in introducing legislation as a part of the innovation portion of Republicans' Energy Innovation Agenda.

October 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative David Schweikert joined Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), David McKinley (R-WV), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Scott Peters (D-CA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Diana DeGette (D-CO) in introducing the Carbon Removal, Efficient Agencies, Technology Expertise (CREATE) Act. This bipartisan legislation authorizes a whole-of-government approach to research, develop, and demonstrate carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technology.

August 4, 2020 In The News

Home to the seventh wonder of the world, rolling expanses of forest-covered slopes, the roaring Colorado River, and the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Arizona is truly a special place. Protecting our natural heritage while building up our economy and creating tens of thousands of new jobs should be an imperative for all Arizona leaders.

May 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02) sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership requesting that Arizona receive its fair share of any future funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in COVID-19 legislation.