Energy and Environment
Our nation is too dependent on foreign oil. Instead of sending money overseas to unfriendly regimes, we must consider all options to power our country now and in the future. With old-fashioned American innovation and ingenuity, I believe that we can find new, clean solutions for the 21st century.
Right here in Tennessee, we already know first-hand how alternative energy solutions can create jobs and boost local economies. Companies like Wacker Chemie AG, Shoals Technology Group, and Nissan have invested across the state in solar power technology, electric automobiles, and advanced batteries. It is no surprise that Tennessee is leading the way toward a safe, clean energy future.
Protecting the environment is a responsibility we owe our children and grandchildren. I have one of the strongest environmental records in the South and consistently receive high ratings from groups such as the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. I have long supported legislation to strengthen the Endangered Species Act, protect our public lands and national parks, and defend the Clean Air Act against partisan attacks. My advocacy of cap-and-trade goes back to 1990, when I helped craft an amendment to the Clean Air Act that dramatically reduced acid rain. Every nation must take drastic measures to reduce pollution and address climate change; it’s time Congress stopped dragging its feet.
Links & Additional Information
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
House Committee on Natural Resources
Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation
Tennessee's Office of Energy Programs
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Energy Information Administration
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
More on Energy and Environment
Keep quarry near Old Hickory Dam from harming Nashville
October 8, 2015
By Jim Cooper
What would happen to Nashville if one of the dams failed up the Cumberland River?
Voting Record on Park Issues Earns National Friends Award
WASHINGTON—Congressman Jim Cooper has been honored with the Friend of the National Parks Award from the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for his contribution to protecting and enhancing America’s national parks. The award was presented to 157 representatives currently serving in the 113th Congress for their support of legislation during the 112th Congress that upheld the standards and integrity of the National Park System.
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Freedom to Fish Act (S.982). Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan bill, which would ensure that the public can access tailwaters below dams for fishing on the Cumberland River.
Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) and Sen. Dick Durbin (R-IL) held a roundtable yesterday in Nashville to discuss recent voting issues in Tennessee, the Senate immigration proposal, and the Marketplace Fairness Act. Durbin is the Senate Majority Whip and a member of the influential, bipartisan “Gang of Eight” Senators who recently introduced a proposal to overhaul our broken immigration system.
Nashville student's letter on energy legislation garners results
April 20, 2013
By Andy Humbles
Fiona Murphey wanted to do something to improve the environment.
So the 13 year-old student at West End Middle School took the very American step of writing her congressman.
In 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a plan to restrict access to certain waters for fishing along the Cumberland River. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper issued the following statement about these restrictions:
"I think these new restrictions are a bad idea, and that’s why I’m co-sponsoring the Freedom to Fish Act to stop the Corps from restricting access to these waters.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued the following statement today in response to questions about his Hurricane Sandy aid vote:
“I have great compassion for the victims of the Sandy disaster, which is why I voted ‘yes’ on the first $9.7 billion bill that passed earlier this month.
Change in Water Heater Standards Will Benefit Local Manufacturers
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07) both praised overwhelming passage today of H.R. 6582, a provision of which directs the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) to update its energy efficiency standards to cover a broader range of water heaters manufactured in America.