The national security and economic well-being of our nation are predicated on economic and environmentally sustainable supply and efficient use of energy. However, the United States is confronted by transformative energy challenges including price volatility in most energy markets, costly electricity reliability issues, continued dependence on oil from overseas nations, many of which are unstable, and mounting environmental concerns. Healthy and robust energy markets are a component of economic growth and job creation.
Responding to these energy challenges, governors have pioneered a wide array of innovative energy policies in their states. For example, governors have launched state energy efficiency programs and renewable electricity standards; initiated public-private partnerships to finance projects; adopted alternative transportation fuels standards; and created state and regional climate change initiatives.
Governors call on Congress to supplement state efforts by promoting federal policies that encourage environmentally responsible, secure, efficient and affordable energy production and use. Federal policy should enhance the nation’s energy security; promote domestic energy production, research and jobs; reduce energy price volatility; mitigate outstanding environmental risks; promote America’s diverse range of energy sources; reduce dependence on overseas sources of energy; increase energy efficiency and conservation; promote innovative methods to finance energy projects; and enhance U.S. global competitiveness.
Time limited (effective Winter Meeting 2013 – Winter Meeting 2015).
Adopted Winter Meeting 2013.