I believe energy independence is more important now than ever. The United States possesses immense oil and natural gas reserves that are completely unused. Increasing our energy independence can and should be done in a responsible manner that will not unnecessarily drive up energy costs or jeopardize economic growth.
This is why I support an all of the above strategy using renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal energy. A comprehensive energy policy will foster energy independence, create jobs, provide affordable electricity and boost our economy.
Rest assured I will continue to work to ensure energy production in the United States is done in the safest and most responsible manner so our future generations can enjoy the natural beauty of our great nation.
Nuclear Cleanup Caucus
The Nuclear Cleanup Caucus supports the largest environment cleanup program in the world while also raising awareness on environmental management issues in Congress and across the country.
As Chair of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, I have seen firsthand in my District how nuclear cleanup can positively affect an area. The Manhattan Project site, located in Oak Ridge, is a prime example of how 50 years of government nuclear weapons development can impact communities throughout the nation.
I look forward to continued success in building a strong coalition of nuclear cleanup missions across the country.
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Congressman Chuck Fleischmann participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for Outfall 200, the new Mercury Treatment Facility, at Y-12 National Security Complex. The facility will play an important role in the remediation of mercury contamination and pave the way for further cleanup work, such as the demolition of contaminated buildings.
Congressman Fleischmann attended the Department of Energy's 40th birthday celebation, applauding the work done by the DOE over the last 40 years including that at Y-12 and Oak Ridge.
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry, joined Congressman Chuck Fleischmann before their visit to Oak Ridge. The congressman talked about plans for defense spending going forward, and how it will affect Oak Ridge and national security.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann attended the completion ceremony of the Electric Power Board (EPB) Solar Share project in Chattanooga. The partnership between TVA and EPB will allow Chattanooga to be a valuable new resource for pioneering Smart Grid solutions.
According to reports, both Alexander and Fleischmann had earlier this year stressed the value of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and invited the new DOE secretary to take a tour.
Tennessee Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann became the 14th member of the House Clean Energy and Innovation Working Group yesterday.
The new chair of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee visited Oak Ridge on Thursday. U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex. The visit was hosted by U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Tennessee Republican.