Briefing on Wind & Wildlife: Balancing renewable energy and wildlife conservation

Wind energy is quickly becoming an important part of the nation’s energy portfolio and it is estimated that America will get 20% of its electricity from wind by 2030. As with any growing industry, there are challenges to balance development with wildlife conservation. Join us to learn about interaction between wind energy and wildlife as well as the investments the wind industry, in collaboration with the conservation and regulatory communities, have made in finding practical solutions.

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Support Funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency

As the President finalizes his Fiscal Year 2017 Budget, it will be increasingly critical for Congress to ensure that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the organization tasked with verifying that states comply with their commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and other non-proliferation agreements, has the necessary funding to successfully carry out its duties.

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Cosponsor H.R. 4342, the Iran Ballistic Missile Prevention and Sanctions Act (v. 3)

In the past few months, Iran has tested at least two ballistic missile weapons and unveiled its new ballistic missile silo, all blatant violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions. While our attention has been focused on Iran’s nuclear sector due to the JCPOA, better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, we cannot, and must not, turn a blind eye to Iran’s non-nuclear violations.

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Don’t Let Crude Exports Devastate the Environment!

Last year, at the demand of Congressional Republicans, the Consolidated Appropriations Act repealed a decades-long restriction on the export of crude oil. While oil prices continue to drop internationally, the long-term impacts of allowing unlimited export of American crude oil are still unknown. Advocates of repealing the ban believe the domestic production could increase by 500,000 barrels per day by 2020 and 1.2 million barrels per day by 2030. Such a ramp up in production could have significant impacts on our environment, including harm to sensitive public lands from new fossil fuel leases, undermining process on fuel economy standards, and increased public safety risks from expanded transport of crude oil by rail.

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Support Renewable Energy and Green Jobs: Cosponsor H.Res 540

The planet continues to heat up. Recently, NOAA and NASA jointly announced that last year, 2015, was hottest since reliable record keeping began by an unprecedented amount of 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. If we act fast, we can prevent future years from breaking record high temperatures.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Protect Our Parks and Refuges!

The pictures above are the result of decades of poor oversight of oil and gas operations in national parks and wildlife refuges. Under current National Park Service regulations, most operations in national parks are needlessly exempt from oversight, while outdated 50-year-old Fish and Wildlife Service regulations have led to refuges that are “littered with orphaned or abandoned oil and gas infrastructure,” in the words of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General. Even worse, insufficient or nonexistent bonding requirements mean that the American taxpayer is on the hook for cleaning up industry’s trash on some of our most treasured lands.

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Briefing: Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

Come learn how this new initiative is accelerating the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable biofuels and high-efficiency, low-emission engines designed to work together to save energy, reduce emissions, and maximize performance.

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