Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

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

Nov 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jim Cooper (TN-05) announced today that he will cosponsor the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 and the Green New Deal.

May 13, 2019 Webform
Jul 26, 2018 Press Release

“Tariff” is an ugly word. It’s not a cuss word or an insult, but it’s a government word, used mainly in capitols and legislatures.

If someone “puts a tariff on you,” it sounds like a hex. Fortunately, only presidents or Congress can impose tariffs. Think of tariffs as Washington voodoo.

A tariff is not a hex but a tax — or series of taxes — on what other nations try to sell to us. Politicians are not brave enough to call them tax hikes, but they are.

Jun 8, 2018 Press Release

Legislation Asserts Congress’ Right to Scrutinize Presidential Trade Actions, Including Tariffs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation that would require presidents to allow Congress to review proposed trade actions – such as tariffs – at least 60 days before the trade actions are scheduled to take effect.

Jan 19, 2018 Press Release


A list of government agencies and how you might be affected during a shutdown.

Jul 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) this week proposed an amendment to the Ozone Standards Implementation Act that would have ensured states have the option of including local land use policies – such as zoning and local ordinances – in State Implementation Plans (SIPs).

SIPs are state-approved, long-term plans required for meeting federal air quality standards, such as controlling smog and other harmful pollutants. But existing law is ambiguous on including local land use policies in these SIPs.

Jan 27, 2017 Press Release

NASHVILLE – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced his IssueWatch project, a twice-weekly online newsletter dedicated to Middle Tennesseans interested in important congressional updates and other major happenings in Washington.

Apr 20, 2016 Page

Mar 25, 2016 Press Release

Published in the Tennessean

Nashville is about to lose one of its few beaches, a small part of Old Hickory Lake, and even risk harming the dam itself. Why? Because a local developer wants to blast a new quarry in the wrong place, on land touching the beach and the dam.

Mar 8, 2016 Press Release

Tennessee State House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee Hearing
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s Testimony on HB 2292, the Dam Safety Act
March 8, 2016

JIM COOPER:  Thank you Chairman Lollar, members of the committee. I am deeply grateful for your distinguished service to our state.

CHAIRMAN LOLLAR: Please quote your name.