Energy

an oil rigAchieving energy independence should be a top national security and economic priority for the United States, and South Carolina’s Third Congressional District is poised to help lead the way. 

Since becoming a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have received a vast amount of feedback from constituents on a number of energy related issues. I support free market proposals that implement an all of the above energy strategy for the future. Achieving energy independence should be a top national security and economic priority for the United States not only because we have the resources to do so, but because it would benefit our economy through job creation. I strongly believe the Third Congressional District is poised to help lead the way.

Partnerships between businesses and universities in the third district are helping our country end its dependence on foreign oil. I support the research and missions at Savannah River Site and Clemson University that bring our country closer to real energy independence and offers our region of the state the prospect of more jobs and new industries.

I believe one of the first steps we can take to achieve independence is to begin opening access to resources. The majority of our water is off limits. We are one of the only countries refusing to utilize our own natural resources for energy, whether it be renewable energy sources or fossil fuels.

I am also a strong advocate for nuclear energy. In South Carolina, nuclear power is responsible for generating nearly 57 percent of our electricity. That is well above the national average of 20 percent. Nuclear energy is a critical part of our energy matrix, providing large amounts of carbon free electricity, which is imperative for the U.S. to make our internationally agreed upon emissions targets. Nuclear energy also generates well-paid jobs and protects our national security. However, naturally as we produce nuclear energy, we produce nuclear waste. I have utilized my position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to be instrumental in passing H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act which allows for the establishment of a permanent geologic repository for nuclear waste. This is important for South Carolina because just in my district alone, there is estimated to be about 4,500 of spent nuclear fuel in temporary storage from commercial reactors, which is ready to be shipped to a permanent repository at Yucca Mountain.

H.R. 1 and Energy Independence: I am particularly happy that the new tax reform legislation is also a major step towards establishing energy independence for our nation, opening up land in Alaska for energy exploration and production. Promoting American energy creates American jobs, I and will continue to use my position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to encourage this narrative.

 

For more information concerning my work and views on the issue of Energy, please contact my Washington, DC office.

I look forward to your feedback.

Thank you.

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September 1, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Jeff Duncan co-sponsored a resolution led by Rep. Bob Latta (OH-05) to condemn the Biden administration’s series of hypocritical energy policies.

August 11, 2021 Press Release

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July 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. - Yesterday, the Energy and Commerce Committee accepted and passed one of Congressman Duncan’s bills to bolster cybersecurity in this country by formally establishing the Office of Policy Development and Cybersecurity (OPDC) within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

June 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. - Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) was appointed to the Energy, Climate and Conservation Task Force by Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

June 21, 2021 Press Release

Anderson, S.C. - Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) welcomed the news that Duke Energy has filed an application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to renew Oconee Nuclear Station’s operating licenses for an additional 20 years.

May 19, 2021 Press Release

 

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) provided comments and questioned Biden Administration official, the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Hon. Jennifer M. Granholm, in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2022 DOE Budget and priorities.

“The Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing today on the Department of Energy fiscal year 2022 budget and the importance of reliable energy. I took the opportunity to stress how important it was to utilize and improve existing technologies and sources.

March 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) introduced H.R. 1559, the Modernize Nuclear Reactor Environmental Reviews Act in the 117th Congress:   

February 19, 2021 Press Release

Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) introduced legislation that would codify former President Donald J. Trump’s restrictions on foreign adversaries accessing or owning parts of the United States power grid. This bill is part of a larger initiative led by Members of the Republican Study Committee to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable:

February 18, 2021 Press Release

Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) issued the following statement regarding the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee hearing on pathways to a clean energy future:

February 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the House Energy Action Team, introduced the Protecting American Energy Production Act: