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  • Vote Explanation on H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act

    by Representative Ann M. Kuster

    Posted on 2015-12-03

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    KUSTER of new hampshire in the house of representatives Thursday, December 3, 2015 Ms. KUSTER. Mr. Speaker, I wish to clarify my position on a vote cast on December 3, 2015. The vote was on passage of H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act.

    H.R. 8 contains a number of provisions that would negatively impact the environment and undermine our nation's ability to move away from fossil fuels and proactively combat climate change. It would undermine previously [[Page E1710]] enacted initiatives to modernize our energy infrastructure and increase our energy efficiency capacity.

    Furthermore, H.R. 8 includes unnecessary provisions that would expand FERC's authority to approve natural gas pipeline applications within 90 days--effectively stifling public comment opportunities, regardless of the complexity of the pipeline project.

    This legislation would provide unnecessary handouts to the fossil fuel industry at a time when we should be focusing on expanding our nation's clean, renewable energy portfolio.

    On Roll Call Vote Number 672, I voted `aye.' It was my intention to vote ``no.'' ____________________

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