Energy and Environment
Spanning the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is blessed with abundant natural resources, open spaces, and scenic beauty. Our energy portfolio includes traditional energy resources like natural gas, oil, and clean coal, as well as renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. Development of our energy resources must be done carefully and responsibly, so that we can preserve our state’s environment and pristine beauty. To that end, I am committed to keeping Colorado beautiful for this and future generations through responsible conservation and forest management, and by ensuring that our open spaces and public lands remain accessible, so that people from all around the world continue to visit and experience our world-class skiing, hiking, angling, hunting and many other types of outdoor recreation.
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Interior (Interior) today announced Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for 2020. The annual payments, made to primarily rural communities whose jurisdictions incorporate tax-exempt federal lands administered by Interior, are used to pay for critical services such as emergency response, public schools, housing and other social services and infrastructure. Funds for PILT are collected from various activities on the lands including grazing, oil and gas leasing, and timber harvesting.
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual air report detailing the overall quality of air nationwide and trends on air pollutants and toxins. The 2019 report shows a significant decrease in numerous air pollutants and overall unhealthy air days, and continued progress made on air quality during times of economic growth. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), provided the following statement on the report:
WASHINGTON— Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), along with members of the House Energy Action Team, led a joint letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt requesting DOI to expedite the royalty relief process to protect jobs, keep businesses afloat, and ensure America is still the dominant energy producer once we emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) joined with members of the House Energy Action Team in a letter addressed to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Chair of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, requesting that all industries receive equal access to the Main Street Lending Program (Main Street). This newly established program, created under the CARES Act, is intended to serve as a temporary lifeline for small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Pueblo, Colo. -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the City of Pueblo, Colo., will receive a $300,000 Brownfields grant to assess and revitalize properties in the city’s downtown and riverfront areas. The City is among 151 communities across the nation receiving over $65.6 million in EPA Brownfields funding through our Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grant programs.
Mankind is no stranger to global pandemics. Outbreaks of deadly viruses have and will continue to test our resiliency and force us to band together to find ways to contain the spread, build immunity, or quickly find a vaccine. This approach, however, only works when accurate information is readily available, and all impacted nations and health agencies can effectively coordinate together.
WASHINGTON—Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) certified the construction of the Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline project. After spearheading the effort to ensure FERC acted quickly on the project after failing to render a decision in February, Congressman Tipton (CO-03) praised the announcement:
Washington, D.C.—Congressmen Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Ben McAdams (UT-04) introduced legislation to support the fight against invasive species infesting western lakes and reservoirs, threatening water quality, quantity, and recreational opportunities. The Stop the Spread of Invasive Mussels Act of 2019 is supported by the Western Governors Association, among others.
Following the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision today to delay its vote on the Jordan Cove Project, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to FERC Chairman Chaterjee urging the Commission to minimize further delays in permitting for the project. Tipton’s letter reads:
On Wednesday, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics amended the reauthorization legislation for NASA to include U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s proposal for a Space Resources Institute.
“It’s critical that there be a federal framework to guide future innovators looking to explore regions beyond Earth,” Tipton said. “Colorado has long served as a gateway for aeronautical research and development, and this legislation will ensure this role continues for years to come.”