CRES Announces Congressman Garret Graves as 2019 Clean Energy Champion

SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 — Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) formally announced U.S. Congressman Garret Graves, ranking member of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, as a 2019 Clean Energy Champion. Congressman Graves will be recognized at the CRES Clean Energy Champion Awards Reception to be held during National Clean Energy Week (September 23-27, 2019).

“CRES is proud to announce Congressman Garret Graves as a 2019 Clean Energy Champion. Since coming to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, Congressman Graves has been a strong leader in protecting and preserving coastal communities, supporting clean energy research, and mitigating the threat of flooding and coastal erosion,” said CRES Executive Director Heather Reams. “We applaud Congressman Graves for his work on behalf of the Pelican State and look forward to continuing our work with him in the years to come.” 

“I am proud to stand alongside Republicans leading the way on energy innovation and smart climate policies and thank Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions for this recognition,” said Congressman Garret Graves. “As ranking member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, I am working hard to pursue common sense initiatives and investments in innovative technologies to address global emissions and combat climate change while enhancing U.S. competitiveness and growing our economy.”

CRES 2019 Clean Energy Champions are Republicans recognized for their steadfast leadership in advancing commonsense clean energy solutions that address our nation’s need for abundant, reliable energy while preserving our environment.

In February of this year, Congressman Graves was chosen to serve as the top Republican on the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Additionally, Graves is a member of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee and the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee — the latter of which, during the 115th Congress, he served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

Prior to being elected to Congress in 2015, Graves served as the former chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority under Governor Bobby Jindal. 

Examples of Congressman Garret Graves’ clean energy record include:

  • In February of this year, Congressman Graves was chosen to serve as the top Republican on the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. His appointment reflects his ability to build bridges within the Republican Conference and with Democrats on meaningful solutions.
  • As a Congressman from a state that leads in energy production and while facing the challenges of coastal erosion, Graves has emerged as a leader among Republicans on the importance of addressing climate change while maintaining America’s economic competitiveness. Graves is leading with a focus on innovation and market-based solutions to address these challenges.
  • Additionally, Graves is a member of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee and the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. During the 115th Congress, Graves served as Chairman of the Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and voted to increase funding for Department of Energy programs that invests in research and development for the next generation of renewable energy.
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Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization founded in 2013 to engage Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge.

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