Strengthening American Energy Security
Since being elected to Congress, I have worked to strengthen America’s energy security and increase the availability and use of alternative energy sources. I believe that supporting home-grown, American-made energy sources is important, not only for our economy and the environment, but also for our national security. Reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign governments’ energy supplies is a vital part of our nation’s safety and security. I will continue to promote pro-growth energy and environmental policies and work to reduce regulatory hurdles for stakeholders. By encouraging domestic energy production, increasing America’s renewable energy supply, and developing more efficient technology, we can ultimately achieve lower energy costs, lower emissions, greater energy independence, and a stronger economy.
Biofuels are central to American agriculture and our energy security. Ethanol and biodiesel create jobs, add value to every bushel of harvested corn and soybeans, bolster our energy independence, and provide an affordable, cleaner fuel choice for consumers. In a very short period of time, our state has become one of the nation’s leaders when it comes to research, production, and use of renewable energy.
I have long supported the use of higher blends of biofuels, such as the year-round sale of E15 fuel, which is a readily available energy solution to leverage American agriculture and displace foreign sources of oil, all while lowering transportation emissions. I continue to fight to restore integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard, including robust blending targets, the denial of small refinery exemptions, and pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to approve advanced fuels like ethanol derived from corn kernel fiber.
Biofuels and the South Dakota agriculture jobs and communities they support will continue to be a priority for me. I’m proud to support an industry powered by hardworking farmers and cutting-edge science in rural America. I will always stand for home-grown energy dominance, lower fuel costs, and consumer choice.
Highlights of Senator Thune’s Commitment to:
|10/20/17||Thune Welcomes EPA Administrator’s Commitment to Renewable Fuel Standard|
|10/18/17||Thune, Klobuchar Introduce Bill to Strengthen Reliable Home Heating Act|
|10/10/17||Thune Statement on the Withdrawal of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Rule|
|4/20/16||Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill, Thune Amendment to Aid Sanford Underground Research Facility|
|2/23/16||Thune Joins More Than 200 Members of Congress in Effort to Block Obama EPA’s Backdoor National Energy Tax|
|2/9/16||SCOTUS Decision on Obama’s Carbon Mandates Proof of Paper-Thin Presidency|
|11/17/15||Senate Urges President to Rein in Overreaching EPA|
|11/6/15||Thune Statement on Obama Administration’s Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline|
|8/28/15||Thune Statement on Injunction Blocking Obama EPA’s WOTUS Implementation|
|8/4/15||Thune, Rounds Introduce Legislation to Authorize Permanent Land Transfer for Expansion of Black Hills National Cemetery|