Curtis Leads Efforts to Create Jobs and Grow Utah’s Clean Energy Economy
WASHINGTON — Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) formally announced its endorsement of Rep. John Curtis in his reelection bid for the U.S. House in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.
In order to receive CRES’s endorsement, candidates must acknowledge a role for the federal government in reducing America’s carbon emissions and developing a robust clean energy industry, as well as demonstrate leadership on policy initiatives related to climate change and emissions reduction.
“Congressman John Curtis has played a key role in advancing the clean energy technologies that have created over 44,000 jobs in Utah,” said CRES Executive Director Heather Reams. “During his time in the U.S. House, Congressman Curtis has worked to promote a safe and healthy environment, supported job-creating policies that strengthen our energy economy, and has authored forward-looking legislation to encourage investment in energy storage technologies. CRES is proud to endorse John Curtis in his reelection bid for the U.S. House in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.”
“I am excited to receive this endorsement from Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions whose values deeply align with Utah’s 3rd district,” said Congressman John Curtis. “Being good stewards of the environment and growing the American economy are not mutually exclusive. I represent the youngest district in the country, and they expect Congress to enact laws that ensure we take care of our planet and help advance clean energy production for future generations. I look forward to combating climate change by advancing clean energy technologies, while also creating new good paying jobs across the country.”
CRES-endorsed candidates have contributed to a policy landscape to advance clean energy and emissions reductions in a way that puts the needs of the country first. Examples of initiatives and legislation championed by CRES and endorsed candidates have included reforming and reauthorizing ARPA-E and advanced nuclear research and development; commonsense, market-based emissions-reduction policies, including legislation to help farmers, ranchers and landowners embrace sustainable farming practices and participate in voluntary carbon markets; and policy solutions to incentivize the next generation of hydropower, wind, solar and geothermal generation, among others.
Congressman Curtis’ record on clean energy includes the following:
- Authored the Incentivizing New and Valuable Energy Storage Technology (INVEST) Act, legislation that creates an energy storage investment tax credit.
- Co-sponsored the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act, legislation that directs the Department of Energy to establish a research, development and demonstration program for grid-scale energy storage.
- Introduced the Atmospheric Climate Intervention Research Act, a bill that authorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to advance research on atmospheric climate intervention.
- Co-sponsored the Growing Climate Solutions Act, legislation that helps solve technical entry barriers to farmer and forest landowner participation in carbon credit markets.
- Co-sponsored the Bolster American Technology Through Recycling Yield Act to establish a research, development, and demonstration program for recycling and reuse of energy critical minerals used in energy storage systems such as batteries.
- Co-sponsored the American Critical Mineral Exploration and Innovation Act, which is designed to help improve domestic development of critical minerals to ensure that the United States is on top of the supply chain needed to increase domestic clean energy technology.
- Co-sponsored the Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Land Act to promote development of clean geothermal generation a baseload resource.
- Lead sponsor on the U.S. House resolution formally recognizing National Clean Energy Week 2020.