Congressional Priorities for U.S. Energy Policy

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*Note: This talk will be presented remotely via Zoom and on the Energy Institute's YouTube channel. See access details after the bio.

Bio: Representative Lizzie Fletcher represents Texas’ Seventh Congressional District, in the greater Houston area. A resident of Houston and Congressional District 7 nearly all of her life, Congresswoman Fletcher was elected to represent the district in 2018. Congresswoman Fletcher serves on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Prior to her election, she represented Houstonians in the courtroom as a lawyer on a wide range of matters, first at an international law firm headquartered in Houston and later at a boutique litigation firm, where she became its first woman partner. Congresswoman Fletcher graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio in 1997 and received her juris doctorate from William & Mary Law School, where she was the editor-in-chief of the William & Mary Law Review.

Congresswoman Fletcher helped introduce the Fossil Energy Research and Development Act of 2019, which expands Department of Energy (DOE) research, development, and demonstration programs for carbon capture, and has worked to facilitate policy that will enhance both carbon capture and direct air capture technologies. She also co-sponsored the ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019 to pursue the scaling-up and demonstration of clean energy technologies. At the same time, she has opposed efforts to ban fracking, to ban offshore drilling, and to curtail use of natural gas. Congresswoman Fletcher also introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to purchase $3 billion of crude oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Abstract: Join the UT Energy Symposium for a special conversation with Representative Lizzie Fletcher about priorities for energy policy and research in the upcoming 117th Congress. As Chair of the Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and a member of the Subcommittee on Environment, Rep. Fletcher advocates for policies that address the need for clean, reliable energy at home and around the world, the reality and urgency of climate change, and the concerns for our environment and our communities. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, she is focused on the question of how we develop modern energy infrastructure that both lowers carbon emissions and delivers low-cost energy to consumers which allows the economy to thrive.

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Date and Time
Dec. 1, 2020, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Online via Zoom Meeting and YouTube livestream
Event tags
UT Energy Symposium