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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.