May 25, 2016


Yasmine Evans (Edwards)–202-225-8699

Edwards Statement on House Amendment to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) released the following statement on the House amendment to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 241-178.

“Far from modernizing U.S. energy policy, this House amendment doubles down on our country’s outdated dependence on fossil fuels. It also undermines critical protections for endangered species and prevents federal agencies from using the best science available in their decision making. Instead of building infrastructure that preserves our natural resources, this bill exploits the sparse natural resources we are holding on to. In the 21st Century, it should be apparent that our energy policy cannot consist solely of accelerated development of natural gas pipelines,” said Congresswoman Edwards.

“The Senate produced a bipartisan energy bill that was a good step towards modernizing our nation’s electric grid. This House amendment unfortunately stands in sharp contrast to that effort. By prioritizing fossil fuel use over renewable energy production and rolling back energy efficiency, this outdated strategy fails to protect our environment. Maryland’s environmental future is at risk when we prioritize construction that monetizes our natural resources over sustainability.