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Below are the latest articles and press releases from ClearPath Action advancing our mission is to develop and advance conservative policies that accelerate clean energy innovation.

2022

Joyce sponsors bipartisan bill to increase state grants related to carbon capture and storage

November 2, 2022

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) on Oct. 25 sponsored a bipartisan bill that would increase the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authorized grant funding from $50 million to $100 million to help states pay for expenses related to establishing and operating underground injection control programs for the wells they use to sequester carbon dioxide (CO2). “This bipartisan bill is proof that we can reduce emissions and ensure Americans are good stewards of the environment without sacrificing jobs, hurting our economy, or destroying our energy independence,” Rep. Joyce said. “I’m proud to introduce this legislation and will always fight for policies that allow the United States to provide cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy here at home and abroad.”

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Organizations Support House Republicans Finalized Plan for Energy, Climate and Conservation Solutions

August 26, 2022

A group of 26 organizations announced their support for the policy framework finalized by the House Republican Energy, Climate and Conservation (ECC) Task Force last week as part of their Commitment with America. In a letter to Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and ECC Lead Garret Graves (R-LA) the organizations stated: “The climate is changing. Understanding the challenge is key, and it is encouraging to see you coming together to develop real solutions. As you know, efforts should not damage America’s economy especially during this period of high inflation and geopolitical instability. Your policy framework recognizes these realities, and is good for the environment, American workers and families, and global competitiveness.”

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Biden energy secretary insists nuclear essential to clean energy initiatives

August 14, 2022

Jay Faison, in a Fox News op-ed published in Jan. 2020, argued that clean energy supporters “should” support nuclear energy. “It’s easy to say nuclear power is too expensive or unsafe,” Faison wrote. “It’s simple, and the Democratic base likes this claim. However, this point generally confuses the distinction between keeping existing plants open and building new ones.” He notes that no one is advocating for building the “Gen 3” reactors first designed in the 1950s, and that “there are exciting prospects ahead thanks to nuclear innovation.”

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Low-Emissions Steel Bill Included in CHIPS & Science Act

July 28, 2022

ClearPath Action applauds the bipartisan passage of the Steel Upgrading Partnerships and Emissions Reduction (SUPER) Act of 2021 (H.R. 4599) as part of the CHIPS and Science Act. SUPER will strengthen the competitiveness of American steel manufacturing and its supply chain by starting DOE’s first-of-a-kind R&D program focused on low emissions steel production, building off the Clean Industrial Technology Act partially funded through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act enacted in 2021.

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Bipartisan senators introduce hydro retrofit bill

July 15, 2022

Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) yesterday introduced legislation aimed at speeding up installation of hydropower facilities at dams around the country. The bill would amend the 2014 Water Resources Reform and Development Act to expedite hydropower retrofits and encourage the Army Corps of Engineers to boost power production at existing facilities.

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Daines joins effort to bolster hydropower

July 15, 2022

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is joining an effort to bolster hydropower across the country. Lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday that aims to retrofit Army Corps of Engineers dams with hydropower. In a statement, Daines said increasing power at dams will strengthen the electrical grid and provide reliable energy.

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McKinley bill would ease permitting for carbon capture

July 12, 2022

West Virginia Republican Rep. David McKinley introduced legislation last week to accelerate permitting for carbon dioxide injection wells, which are a key to enabling carbon capture technology.

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Cheney co-sponsors Critical Minerals Classification Improvement Act

July 7, 2022

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Critical Minerals Classification Improvement Act. “Wyoming is home to the largest reserves of uranium in the country. It is essential that we maintain a supply of uranium and other fuel and non-fuel use minerals to sustain our economic and national security,” Cheney said in a news release.

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What’s on and off the table for post-SCOTUS climate action

July 5, 2022

As the smoke clears from the Supreme Court’s major climate ruling last week, legal experts and clean energy groups say the country still has many options for achieving a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Last week, the high court’s conservative majority rejected the Obama administration’s systemic approach to power plant regulation in the Clean Power Plan that it had blocked from going into effect in 2016.

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No Air Conditioning? No Thanks.

July 4, 2022

Soaring gas prices hurt the pocketbook, but electricity blackouts could inflict real pain. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) warned in May that two-thirds of the U.S. could experience blackouts this summer. In June, power companies were forced to warn customers in places like the Midwest that they could fall short of ‘needed generation capacity’ during the summer months.

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ClearPath Action Endorses Carbon Dioxide Removal RD&D Bill

June 17, 2022

ClearPath Action welcomes the introduction of the Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies (CREST) Act of 2022, bipartisan legislation which will authorize research, development, and deployment (RD&D) of innovative carbon dioxide removal and sequestration technologies crucial to meeting America’s emissions reduction goals.The CREST Act was introduced by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

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GOP unveils plan to tackle climate change: non-profit

June 3, 2022

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and House Select Committee on Climate GOP Leader Garret Graves (R-La.) have released a six-point proposal to address climate change and the U.S. energy crisis, according to ClearPath Action, the advocacy arm of the non-profit organization ClearPath.

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GOP Rolls out New Plan on Climate, Energy

June 3, 2022

The House GOP is rolling out a new energy and climate change plan. How does it differ from the Biden administration’s agenda, and what’s its role in the upcoming elections?

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A New GOP Climate Plan Is Long on Fossil Fuels, Short on Specifics

June 3, 2022

House Republicans unveiled the initiative in New Mexico’s Permian Basin, with one backer referring to “the awesomeness and the goodness” of the oil and gas industry. An environmentalist called it greenhouse gaslighting.

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GOP unveils climate agenda with familiar proposals

June 2, 2022

Expanding the use of natural gas and exporting it to allies and other countries is a central pillar to a climate agenda House Republicans unveiled Thursday that runs counter to the overwhelming advice from scientists. Republicans said they would unveil six elements of their energy and climate plan in the next two months in greater detail.

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House GOP rolling out energy and climate plan calling for more production

June 2, 2022

House Republicans will announce a new energy and climate change strategy Thursday that supporters argue can help lower consumer costs and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions while also increasing domestic energy production. The strategy was put together by the House Republicans’ Energy, Climate, and Conservation Task Force as a counter to President Joe Biden’s own climate change agenda.

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House GOP lays out climate strategy to expand U.S. oil and gas production

June 2, 2022

House Republicans laid out a climate strategy Thursday focused on expanding U.S. oil and gas production as a cleaner alternative to foreign suppliers, while making communities more resilient against rising temperatures and flooding.

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GOP Climate Group Targets Global Carbon Emissions Amid Record Gas Prices

June 2, 2022

A coalition of House Republicans tasked with crafting energy and climate policy are set to unveil a six-point plan Thursday to, in part, curb global greenhouse gas emissions. The plan, proposed by the Energy, Climate, and Conservation (ECC) task force and spearheaded by Louisiana Rep. Garret Graves, will seek to “unlock” American resources, position the U.S. to beat China and Russia, boost innovation and improve conservation policies, according to the conservative green energy group ClearPath Action.

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House Republicans Launch 6-Part Energy, Climate & Conservation Policy Platform

June 2, 2022

As part of the Commitment with America, U.S. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), House Select Committee on Climate GOP Leader Garret Graves (R-LA), and others from their Energy, Climate, and Conservation (ECC) Task Force rolled out a six-part plan to tackle the ongoing energy crisis and the global climate challenge.

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A clean, innovative, American energy agenda

April 27, 2022

Economic inflation, post-Covid global supply chain chaos, Russia‘s war in Ukraine, and the onslaught of Chinas effort to dominate markets have combined to bring on a global energy crisis. The question is how do we address these challenges and restore American energy independence while working to solve the climate challenge?

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ClearPath Action Statement on U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) Retirement

April 6, 2022

ClearPath Action released the following statement regarding the announced retirement of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). “U.S. Rep. Fred Upton is a true leader, and his level-headed approach to legislating will be sorely missed in Congress and on the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Throughout his tenure, he was a leading Republican voice on finding pragmatic solutions, ensuring the U.S. maintains our energy independence while safeguarding American jobs, and accelerating the competitive deployment of clean energy technologies,” said ClearPath Action CEO Rich Powell.

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Energy security depends on modernizing a broken federal permit process

March 11, 2022

As war in Europe underscores the importance of secure energy supply chains, some good news from Nevada shows how the United States can boost domestic supplies of critical minerals and reduce dependence on foreign adversaries, such as Russia and China. Success hinges on the federal government’s capacity to unleash private-sector innovation, not restrict it.

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Three Fixes to Build Energy Projects Cleaner and Faster

February 28, 2022

Reducing carbon emissions in the U.S. to net zero is achievable. It’s economically sustainable, environmentally essential, technologically feasible and, with some work, even politically viable. But to have a good chance of reaching net zero, we must change the way we regulate the construction of clean energy projects.

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A Nuclear Energy Solution to Prevent Russian Dominance

February 25, 2022

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have created unease in global energy markets. Oil prices have been unstable, U.S. natural gas producers are watching closely, and growing electricity demand is outpacing renewable generation. In the midst of these dynamics, nuclear energy looks really appealing.

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2021

Bill Eyes Eliminating NRC Fees for Advancing Fission and Fusion License

December 14, 2021

On December 7, 2021, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) introduced legislation to change the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (“NRC”) fee structure for licensing advanced technology.

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ClearPath Action Fund will launch a $250,000 radio and digital ad buy in Alaska

November 15, 2021

A pro-Murkowski super PAC just filed with the FEC, and separately, ClearPath Action Fund will launch a $250,000 radio and digital ad buy in Alaska today, first reported in Score.

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GOP green groups want climate action. But not reconciliation

November 8, 2021

Last year, a conservative environmental group convinced House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to endorse its vision for climate action. The plan featured clean energy innovation and natural forms of carbon removal.

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Clock is ticking

November 15, 2021

Meanwhile, over 180 groups and businesses are urging Congress to include robust carbon capture provisions in their infrastructure package, including via the 45Q tax credit.

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What They Are Saying: Support for Clean Energy Innovation Bill

July 28, 2021

Support from energy industry and environmental groups continues to grow for the Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) Act, a bipartisan energy tax proposal introduced to encourage innovation in the clean energy sector.

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Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) is Poised for Passage

July, 27, 2021

ClearPath Action says the Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) Act, a bipartisan energy tax proposal to encourage innovation in the clean energy sector, is well-positioned to become law.

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ClearPath Action Endorses Low Emissions Steel Bill

July, 22, 2021

ClearPath Action welcomes the introduction of the Steel Upgrading Partnerships and Emissions Reduction (SUPER) Act of 2021 (H.R. 4599), a bill that would strengthen the competitiveness of American manufacturing by developing technologies to reduce emissions from conventional steelmaking.

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First Ever Conservative Climate Caucus Launching Today

June, 23, 2021

ClearPath Action is joining U.S. Reps. John Curtis (R-UT), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Garret Graves (R-LA), Frank Lucas (R-OK) Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Michael McCaul (R-TX) other House Republicans, and conservative organizations, including the Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, to announce the formation of the House Conservative Climate Caucus today at 10:00am at the House Triangle on the East lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

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Biden pitched a bold climate vision. He may be watching it die in Congress.

June 10, 2021

Rich Powell, director of ClearPath Action, a group of conservatives who support climate action, said issues like carbon capture, battery storage and transmission all had bipartisan support, but not a trillion-dollar effort to decarbonize the U.S. economy in one fell swoop.

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Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) is a Game-Changer for Clean Energy Innovation

April 26, 2021

ClearPath Action applauds the release of the discussion draft of the Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) Act, a bipartisan energy tax proposal to encourage innovation in the clean energy sector. U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Senate Finance Committee member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are leading the legislation in the Senate.

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House Republicans Are Leading on Climate Change Solutions

April 19, 2021

ClearPath Action welcomed the announcement by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) that House Republicans will be hosting the Energy Innovation Agenda this week, a three-day virtual forum highlighting dozens of bills and solutions on energy innovation and climate to reduce global emissions.

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2020

Monumental Clean Energy Innovation Package Will Create U.S. Jobs, Reduce Global Carbon Emissions

December 21, 2020

ClearPath today congratulated Congress for reaching an agreement on a monumental clean energy authorization package as part of the omnibus package. The bill includes a number of clean energy innovation bills that together will reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. and globally.

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ClearPath Action Applauds McMorris Rodgers for being Announced as Republican Leader of House Energy and Commerce Committee

December 2, 2020

ClearPath Action Executive Director Rich Powell congratulates Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) after being announced as the next Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the first female to hold this position.

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Nuclear Energy Jobs on the 2020 Georgia Ballot

November 2, 2020

As the national political landscape clouds the election cycle, Georgians need to think about their local clean sky future. The political buzzwords we all hear surrounding climate policy such as the Green New Deal, California wildfires, and the ban on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” probably are not the first things you think about when voting for local officials in Georgia. But, one of the biggest and brightest spots for Georgia’s clean energy future is on the ballot – the future of Plant Vogtle.

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ClearPath Action: House Republicans’ NEPA Reforms Make Clean Energy Innovation Possible

September 22, 2020

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced a new House Republican regulatory reform bill, H.R. 8333, the Building U.S. Infrastructure through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act. The BUILDER Act will modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to improve project reviews and accelerate the scale-up of new clean energy technologies and critical infrastructure projects.

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Energy Storage and Carbon Capture Legislation Included on House Infrastructure Bill

July 1, 2020

The House of Representatives passed the infrastructure package, Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), that among other things, includes clean energy infrastructure legislation such as the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and an amendment that authorizes funding for a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) carbon capture, utilization, and storage technology commercialization program and direct air capture technology prize program.

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ClearPath Action Supports Several Energy Infrastructure Bills Proposed by E&C Republicans

July 1, 2020

Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Energy Subcommittee Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-MI), and Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Republican Leader John Shimkus (R-IL) proposed several energy infrastructure bills aimed to ensure continued U.S. energy independence.

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Climate Committee Democrat Staff Report Misses Bipartisan Opportunity

June 30, 2020

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a Democrat staff report. ClearPath Action Executive Director Rich Powell made the following statement saying the Committee’s majority staff missed a bipartisan opportunity.

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ClearPath Action and 43 Organizations Join 20 Senators Pushing to Include NELA in NDAA

June 25, 2020

A bipartisan group of 20 senators led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) sent a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Leadership, urging the inclusion of the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) (S. 903) in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Sens. Murkowski and Booker are the original authors of NELA.

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DOE Hosting Online Event Friday with Industry on Restoring American Nuclear Energy Leadership

May 28, 2020

On May 29, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), along with industry experts, is hosting an online event, “Trump Administration Strategy to Restore American Nuclear Energy Leadership: A DOE and Industry Discussion.”

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DOE’s Report Shows Bold Strategy For Nuclear Energy Leadership

ClearPath says strategy for clean energy innovation will create new energy export opportunities

April 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Administration’s Nuclear Fuel Working Group Report outlining a Strategy to Restore American Nuclear Energy Leadership. ClearPath endorses the strategy to create new clean energy market opportunities.

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Monumental Clean Energy Innovation Bill Introduced in Senate

February 27, 2020

Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) introduced their energy bill, the American Energy Innovation Act today. The bill includes a number of clean energy innovation bills that together will reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. and globally.

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House Republicans Release Carbon Capture Piece of Climate Plan

February 12, 2020

Today, House Republicans rolled out the first piece of their plan to tackle climate change. The plan will consist of three key solutions: carbon sequestration, clean energy, and conservation. Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy along with Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), David Schweikert (R-AZ), David McKinley (R-WV) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) released four bills.

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Jay Faison: Clean-energy supporters should support nuclear power

January 25, 2020

No matter your view on climate change, corporations and markets are planning for a lower-carbon future. In fact, some of the largest utility companies in the U.S. are making big bets that they can reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. But without nuclear power in the mix to produce needed energy, these bets are much less likely and will certainly be more expensive.

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2019

Clean Energy Innovation R&D Sees Big Wins in FY20 Appropriations

December 19, 2019

ClearPath Action called the fiscal 2020 spending package a big win for clean energy innovation. Both the House and Senate have passed a bill that includes more than $13 billion for focused and outcome oriented clean energy research, development and deployment (RD&D) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). President Donald Trump has said he will sign the bill.

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Historic 7-Year ExIm Bank Reauthorization Necessary for Clean Energy Technology Exports

December 19, 2019

ClearPath Action Executive Director Rich Powell made the following remarks regarding the Export Import Bank historic seven year reauthorization that was included in the FY20 Appropriations bill.

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House Science Moves Bipartisan Clean Energy Package, Including Geothermal, Storage & Grid Modernization

December 19, 2019

ClearPath Action applauded the House Science, Space & Technology
Committee for advancing several bipartisan clean energy innovation bills including the Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act, the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act, and the Grid Modernization Research and Development Act.

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NRC Approval of TVA Early Site Permit Establishes Important Precedent for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Clears path for small modular reactor to be built at Clinch River Site in Tennessee

December 17, 2019

ClearPath Action applauded the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
approval of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) early site permit (ESP) to build a small modular reactor at the Clinch River Site near the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee.

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Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) Gets Push From Leading Voices

Labor Union, Environmental Organizations, Nuclear Energy Businesses, and others team up urging passage of NELA

October 15, 2019

ClearPath Action as well as more than 20 organizations from industry and environmental groups, labor unions, and nuclear energy innovators sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to promptly consider and pass the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (S. 903 and H.R. 3306).

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ClearPath Joins Chamber, Environmental, Industry Groups Calling on
Senate Leaders to Move Energy Innovation Agenda

October 3, 2019

ClearPath Action joined the Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute, as well as leading environmental and industry groups, urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to place widely supported legislation addressing clean energy and climate technology and innovation on the Senate’s fall legislative calendar.

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Important Energy Storage Passes Senate Energy Committee Today

September 26, 2019

ClearPath Action Executive Director Rich Powell released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee passage of critical, large grid-scale battery storage legislation including The Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act.

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House Passes Critical Advanced Nuclear Bill

September 9, 2019

ClearPath Action Executive Director released the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 1760, the Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act sponsored by Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.).

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Rich Powell: Dems want to fight climate change in all the wrong ways – Here’s what they should support

September 4, 2019

When it comes to the world’s changing climate, many Democrats have been wearing blinders. If you’ve been paying attention to what the Democratic presidential candidates are saying on climate, make sure you look for the big picture.

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Advanced Nuclear, Carbon Capture, Fossil Fuel Bills Clear Senate Energy

July 16, 2019

ClearPath Action Executive Director released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee markup today.

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ClearPath Action Comments on White House Effort to Support U.S. Nuclear Fleet

July 15, 2019

ClearPath Action Executive Director released the following statement regarding the White House Memorandum on the Effect of Uranium Imports on the National Security and Establishment of the United States Nuclear Fuel Working Group.

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Important Carbon Capture Battery Storage Bills Get Senate Energy Hearing

July 11, 2019

ClearPath Action Executive Director released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy hearing this morning that covered carbon capture and large grid-scale battery storage bills including The Launching Energy Advancement through Innovations in Natural Gas (LEADING) Act and The Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act.

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ClearPath Action Statement on America’s Environmental Leadership Remarks

July 8, 2019

On Monday, July 8, 2019 ClearPath Action Executive Director Rich Powell, who attended President Donald Trump’s remarks on America’s Environmental Leadership made the following statement.

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“USE IT” Included in NDAA, Expedites Carbon Pipeline Permits

June 27, 2019

ClearPath Action applauds the U.S. Senate for including the
Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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Broad Coalition Backs ‘Moonshot’ Energy Storage Bills

May 23, 2019

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) are leading bipartisan companion plans for focusing federal efforts toward commercializing breakthrough clean energy storage technologies.

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Advanced Nuclear Advocates Applaud Senate NELA Intro

March 28, 2019

A coalition of nine advanced nuclear advocates applauded introduction of the bipartisan Nuclear Energy Leadership Act as an important step in creating a comprehensive blueprint for bolstering the next-generation of the nation’s largest source of reliable and carbon-free power.

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2018

Congress Approves Major Advanced Nuclear Package

December 21, 2018

In a remarkable final development building on the most productive legislative season for nuclear energy in decades, Congress has approved a plan to develop the necessary regulatory framework to quicken the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors.

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Congress Approves Significant Hydro Reform in WRDA

October 10, 2018

Congress approved significant hydropower reform in a bicameral Water Resources Development Act deal that hits on the future of an unheralded and still largely untapped clean power source.

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House Green Lights Bipartisan NUKE Act

September 25, 2018

House lawmakers addressed another impediment to growing U.S.-led advanced nuclear technologies by approving a bipartisan plan to update the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensing and other oversight.

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Congress Gives Critical Clean Energy Direction, Investments

September 13, 2018

ClearPath Action applauds critical programmatic direction and eagle-eyed investments in advanced nuclear, carbon capture, grid-scale storage and other clean energy technologies included in the FY19 Department of Energy spending bill.

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ClearPath Applauds Key Nuclear Innovation Win

September 13, 2018

ClearPath Action applauds House approval of the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, which would strengthen partnerships between the private sector and government researchers to test and demonstrate the next generation of clean advanced nuclear reactor concepts.

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Senate NELA Offers Needed Advanced Nuclear Blueprint

September 6, 2018

A bipartisan group of senators led by Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have introduced a comprehensive blueprint for the U.S. to once again lead the world in next-generation nuclear power.

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House Energy Advances Next-Gen Nuclear Plans

July 12, 2018

ClearPath Action and the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) applaud House Energy and Commerce Committee approval of two bills that would spur deployment of advanced nuclear technologies.

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Senate Approves Eagle-Eyed Clean Energy Spending Plan

June 25, 2018

The Senate approved a FY19 spending bill with critical eagle-eyed investments in carbon capture, advanced nuclear and energy storage today by a vote of 86-5.

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House Lawmakers Spur Clean Energy Direction

June 8, 2018

House lawmakers approved a sweeping set of resources and targeted program direction and reforms to the Department of Energy that would spur advanced nuclear, carbon capture, energy storage and other clean energy technologies.

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Senate Appropriators Push Strong Clean Energy Plan

May 24, 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY19 spending bill coupling critical eagle-eyed investments in carbon capture, advanced nuclear and energy storage with record funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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Senate EPW Gives Win to Carbon Capture Infrastructure

May 22, 2018

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today approved the bipartisan USE IT Act, which would support carbon capture technologies through public-private partnerships, carbon dioxide pipeline and other infrastructure improvements and R&D.

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Senate Energy Backs Bipartisan Small Hydro Bill

May 17, 2018

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved bipartisan legislation from Reps. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) that would expedite federal reviews of small conduit (or energy-recovery) hydropower projects.

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House Appropriators Spur Clean Energy Direction

May 16, 2018

The House Appropriations Committee approved a sweeping set of resources and program direction to the Department of Energy that would spur advanced nuclear, carbon capture, energy storage and other clean energy technologies.

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Reps. Knight, Foster Introduce Energy Storage Goals

April 25, 2018

Reps. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) and Bill Foster (D-Ill.) have led the introduction of a bipartisan bill that would establish a set of concrete innovation goals in the coming years for energy storage technologies.

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Senate Energy Approves Advanced Nuclear Goals

March 8, 2018

ClearPath Action applauds the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for approving bipartisan legislation hitting at a major lapse in federal advanced nuclear and broader clean energy innovation: the lack of real and ambitious goals for applied research.

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Clearpath Applauds Key Senate Nuclear Innovation Win

March 7, 2018

ClearPath Action applauds Senate approval today of the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (S. 97), which would strengthen partnerships between the private sector and government researchers.

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Congress Gives Major Win To Carbon Capture, Advanced Nuclear

February 9, 2018

Congress delivered a game-changing clean energy victory by fixing two critical carbon capture and advanced nuclear tax incentives as part of the broader budget deal signed into law today.

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2017

House Approves Two More GOP Bills Expediting Clean Hydropower

December 12, 2017

House lawmakers today approved two more Republican bills to expedite clean U.S. hydropower.

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House Approves Critical McMorris Rodgers Hydro Reform

November 8, 2017

House lawmakers today approved a critical measure from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) that would improve burdensome licensing and relicensing for non-federal hydropower facilities.

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Poll Shows Clean Energy Moves Key Voters

September 25, 2017

A survey of GOP and independent voters in states key to the 2018 congressional midterm election show strong support for Republican candidates who take action on clean energy.

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Conaway Leads Bipartisan House Carbon Capture Push

September 14, 2017

ClearPath Action applauds Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) for leading a bipartisan effort to extend and expand a crucial tax incentive for projects that capture and store carbon from power plants and other facilities.

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ClearPath Action Praises Gallagher, Curbelo for Energy Storage Amendment

July 27, 2017

ClearPath Action praised efforts by Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) to increase investments in energy storage research and development at the Department of Energy. The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved their amendment to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R.3219), legislation providing fiscal year 2018 funding to a number of federal agencies, including the Department of Energy.

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House Lawmakers Make Big Move Backing Small Hydro

July 18, 2017

House lawmakers made a big move in approving a bill from Reps. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) that would expedite federal reviews of small conduit (or energy-recovery) hydropower projects.

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Flake Champions Advanced Nuclear, Energy Storage Goals

June 29, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is leading two bipartisan efforts that hit at a major lapse in federal energy innovation: the lack of real and ambitious goals for applied research.

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House Energy Approves Significant Hydropower Reform

June 28, 2017

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved two bills that would decidedly promote some of the most promising means of expanding hydropower.

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McMorris Rodgers Joins Growing GOP Effort To Aid Hydropower

June 26, 2017

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) continues to be a leading promoter this Congress of the significant potential for growth in hydropower with the introduction of legislation that would improve burdensome licensing and relicensing for non-federal facilities.

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House Lawmakers Give Swift Approval To Crucial Nuclear Incentive

June 20, 2017

House lawmakers swiftly and broadly backed a bill that improves the effectiveness of the tax incentive needed to advance new nuclear power production, one of our nation’s most potent and reliable clean energy sources.

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House Committee Approves Crucial Nuclear Incentive

June 15, 2017

The House Ways and Means Committee today made an important step to help nuclear power remain one of the most potent and reliable clean energy power sources.

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Hudson, DeGette Push Big Changes To Small Hydro

June 8, 2017

ClearPath Action praises the leadership of Reps. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) in introducing legislation that would cut federal reviews of small conduit (or energy-recovery) hydropower projects in half.

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Portman, Bennet Lead Push For Carbon Capture Bonds

April 5, 2017

ClearPath Action applauds Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) on leading an effort to facilitate the financing of carbon capture projects through the use of private activity bonds.

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ClearPath joins coal, labor in pushing DOE fossil R&D

March 10, 2017

Coalition asks President Trump and Energy Secretary Perry not to shortchange the Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy in their 2017 budget request.

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Big Bipartisan Advanced Nuclear Bills Unveiled

March 3, 2017

ClearPath Action is excited to see a strong bipartisan group of Senate Environment and Public Works leaders unveil a new version of their plan to develop the necessary regulatory framework to quicken the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors.

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ClearPath Takes LCV Scorecard To Task

February 24, 2017

ClearPath Action CEO Jay Faison today questioned the 2016 annual scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters as undervaluing or undermining realistic and meaningful clean energy policies.

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ClearPath Joins Major Coalition In Pressing For House 45Q Action

February 6, 2017

ClearPath joined a broad coalition of coal, clean energy and other organizations in pressing House lawmakers to include Section 45Q tax credit for carbon capture technology in a broader tax reform package. 45Q “offers one of the most effective tools to protect jobs and drive growth in the energy sector while also reducing CO2 emissions,” cites the letter to House Ways and Means leaders.

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House GOP Moving Quickly To Pass Advanced Nuclear Bills

January 23, 2017

ClearPath Action applauds quick action this new Congress by the House of Representatives to approve bipartisan efforts to bolster research and development of U.S. advanced nuclear reactors.

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2016

ClearPath Praises DOE Loan Guarantee For Lake Charles Project

December 21, 2016

ClearPath Action CEO and Founder Jay Faison issued the following statement in reaction to today’s announcement by the Department of Energy to conditionally grant a loan guarantee of up to $2 billion for the construction in Lake Charles, LA, of the world’s first methanol production facility to employ carbon capture technology…

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ClearPath Action Commends Proposed FERC Fast-Start Reform

December 19, 2016

ClearPath Action commends the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for proposing significant reforms to address wholesale electricity market distortions that sometimes undermine critical nuclear energy generation.

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ClearPath Action Applauds House Passage of Advanced Nuclear Bill

September 13, 2016

House lawmakers approved the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act, which would require the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission to consider new frameworks for licensing advanced nuclear reactors. The bill – led by Reps.Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) – has a companion in the Senate.

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LCV Scorecards Penalize Nuclear and Hydropower

July 27, 2016

LCV alleges that its ratings of elected officials are based on an objective methodology premised on key votes. However, the selection of key votes seems to be designed to produce starkly partisan results, reflecting a bias against many of the most effective clean energy strategies available to pragmatic policymakers.

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Republicans Must Go On Offense Against LCV Attacks

July 27, 2016

In recent weeks, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) has launched its election-year crusade to attack Republican Congressional candidates across the country. Similar to past cycles, LCV is reverting to using erroneous characterizations and misleading facts in their attacks.

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ClearPath, Coal Industry Tout Senate GOP CCUS Support

July 14, 2016 

Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, made an important step today toward continuing vital federal support for the development of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies for fossil-fuel power plants and industrial facilities to harness our nation’s abundant energy resources for a clean energy future.

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Letter Supporting Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act

April 29, 2016

ClearPath Action, a 501(c)4 working to accelerate conservative clean energy solutions lead by conservative philanthropist Jay Faison, has issued a letter of support for H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016. The measure was the subject of a legislative hearing held earlier today in the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

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ClearPath Action, Innovation Reform Action Project Highlight Energy Innovation to Appropriators

April 28, 2016

ClearPath Action, a 501(c)4 working to accelerate conservative clean energy solutions lead by conservative philanthropist Jay Faison, today released a joint letter with Innovation Reform Action Project executive director Sam Thernstrom.  The letter commends Congressional appropriators on their fiscally-sound approach to the proposed budgets in the FY2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bills and urges lawmakers to focus funding on fundamental energy innovation programs that can contribute to our nation’s long-term energy policy goals.

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ClearPath Action Hails Senate Passage of Landmark Energy Policy Modernization Act

April 20, 2016

Conservative philanthropist Jay Faison, CEO and founder of ClearPath Action, a 501(c)4 working to accelerate conservative clean energy solutions, today issued the following statement in support of S. 2012, the bipartisan “Energy Policy Modernization Act” which was passed by the U.S. Senate today.

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ClearPath Action Supports S. 2795, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act

April 14, 2016

ClearPath Action, a 501(c)4 working to accelerate conservative clean energy solutions lead by conservative philanthropist Jay Faison, today issued a letter of support for the recently introduced Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, S. 2795, which would develop the regulatory framework necessary to advance the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors and bring transparency and accountability to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) budget and fee programs.

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ClearPath Action Fund Recommends Rightsizing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 2017 Budget

April 5, 2016

ClearPath Action Fund, a 501(c)4 working to accelerate conservative clean energy solutions lead by conservative philanthropist Jay Faison, today voiced it support for an effort led by Rep. Bill Flores(R-TX) and 30 other Members seeking to rightsize the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 2017 budget request through efficiency gains and advancement of off-budget spending for advanced reactor licensing research.

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Letter Supporting Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act

February 29, 2016

ClearPath Action Fund, a 501(c)4 working to accelerate conservative clean energy solutions lead by conservative philanthropist Jay Faison, today issued a letter of support for H.R.4084, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act. Introduced by Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX)and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, the legislation would bring support to federal research and development, and stimulate private investment in advanced nuclear reactor technologies.

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National Poll Shows Strong GOP Support for Clean Energy Policies

September 29, 2015

Today, a trio of leading GOP pollsters discussed the results of a groundbreaking national survey conducted on behalf of ClearPath, a private foundation dedicated to building support for market-based clean energy solutions. “As we dug into this groundbreaking national survey of U.S. voters, it became clear that the big, myth-busting news was how wide and deep support for clean energy policy is among conservatives,” said Jay Faison, founder of ClearPath.

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ClearPath CEO Calls for Conservative Clean Energy Solutions in SOTU

January 12, 2016

“President Obama’s last State of the Union address provides a unique opportunity to change the clean energy debate and introduce new ideas and policies conservatives can support.  Proponents of bigger government and heavy-handed regulation shouldn’t be the only voices advocating for change.  There are conservative clean energy solutions we need to start embracing that will lead us into the 21st century.

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