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Standing up for Missouri’s energy producers and consumers
Opposing “cap and trade” legislation
During the 2008 climate change debate, Claire strongly advocated for states – like Missouri – that generate most of their electricity from coal-fired power plants. In doing so she:
- Broke with Senate Democratic leaders and did not support “cap and trade” legislation; and,
- Defended Missouri manufacturers and consumers from damaging rate increases.
Holding the largest oil companies accountable
Claire knows that the near-record prices Missouri consumers faced at the gas pump in early 2012 were a burden on Missouri families. That's why an amendment she proposed would have:
- Eliminated tax breaks for the five largest oil producing companies who profited over $137 billion in 2011; and,
- Passed $40+ billion in revenue from closing the loophole back to consumers.
Opposing new regulations on coal-fired power plants
Claire advocated for delaying the implementation of damaging new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations against power plant emissions. The EPA regulations would result in unfair and burdensome rate increases for states like Missouri that generate most of their electricity from coal. Claire has:
- Cosponsored legislation twice to delay EPA regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from sources such as power plants for two years; and,
- Voted in favor of an amendment to block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases for two years.
Supporting clean and renewable domestic energy technologies
Claire is committed to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and has consistently supported efforts to expand our use of clean, renewable, and domestic sources of energy. In the Senate, Claire:
- Supported legislation that increased the amount of renewable fuel that will be in use. By 2022, 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel, at least 15 billion of which will be from biofuels like corn-based ethanol, will be used in the United States;
- Voted to support research into renewable energy sources, like ethanol and other biofuels, so that they would become more commercially viable;
- Supported extending tax credits for clean energy investment; and,
- Cosponsored a bill that would require utilities to produce at least 15% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021.