2021 Scorecard Vote
Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) offered an amendment to S. Con. Res. 14, the FY2022 budget resolution, which encourages deployment and use of coal and methane power plants with carbon capture and storage technology, and nuclear power plants. This amendment would protect these polluting industries from further oversight and is inspired by repeated failed attempts to further subsidize coal plants to keep them running under the false premise that coal retirements threaten grid reliability. When cold temperatures caused massive failures in fossil fuel generation and blackouts across Texas, it showed that propping up dirty fossil fuels will not prevent power outages or increase grid resiliency, and will increase the frequency of climate change-fueled extreme weather events. Rather, clean renewable energy paired with energy storage is the best way to improve resiliency and reduce unhealthy climate and air pollution, particularly in frontline communities. On August 11, the Senate approved the Hoeven amendment by a vote of 52-47 (Senate roll call vote 346). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. Although it is a symbolic amendment, the Hoeven amendment was included in the final S. Con. Res. 14, which was considered adopted in the House on August 24.