2021 Recent Vote
Senator John Hoeven (R – ND) offered an amendment to S.Con.Res.14, the Budget Resolution for FY22, which would encourage 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. As the Texas blackouts earlier this year showed with massive failures in fossil fuel generation because of cold temperatures, propping up dirty fossil fuels will not magically prevent blackouts 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.