Coastal Virginia can be a national and global leader in our clean energy future. As a co-chair of the New Democratic Coalition Climate Change Task Force, I have laid out a bold vision for cutting greenhouse gas emissions while investing in the jobs and infrastructure of the future. For Coastal Virginians, sea level rise, recurrent flooding, and extreme weather aren’t concerns for tomorrow; they are problems we deal with every day. We must act now to expand our investments in new, clean technologies like wind, solar, and advanced nuclear power.

As an engineer who operated nuclear reactors in the Navy, I saw firsthand that nuclear power, when deployed safely and responsibly, can play a key role in our future as a zero-carbon energy source. That is why I introduced the bipartisan Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, which will encourage innovation in the design and deployment of advanced nuclear reactor technologies. Nuclear energy paired with other clean energy investments will help move the United States towards a more sustainable future. In September, the House of Representatives passed my bill, the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, as part of a larger energy package.  

I support policies that will incentivize people to use renewable energy sources to power their homes and businesses. That is why I cosponsored the Renewable Energy Extension Act, which would extend the investment tax credit (ITC), an incentive that provides a tax credit up to 30% of the cost for new renewable energy and energy efficiency installations, for residential and commercial properties through 2027.

I am also helping to lead the fight against drilling off the coast of Virginia. Offshore drilling threatens our vibrant tourism economy, aquaculture, and fisheries by spoiling our beautiful beaches and shorelines. That is why the first bill I cosponsored in Congress was the bipartisan Defend Our Coast Act, which would forbid any drilling, exploration, development or production of fossil fuels off the Continental shelf in the mid-Atlantic region. Additionally, Members of the Virginia Delegation and I urged President Trump to extend the offshore oil and gas drilling moratorium to Virginia. Days later, President Trump announced its extension, protecting our irreplaceable coastline for many more years.

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June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its findings and recommendations for how Congress should address the challenges posed by climate change, such as sea level rise and recurrent flooding. The report highlighted the need to support research and development for next-generation nuclear technology, specifically citing Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s bill, the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (H.R. 3306).

November 27, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) has submitted testimony to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis regarding the effects of climate change in Coastal Virginia. Her testimony provided guidance to members of the Committee as they prepare critical policy recommendations to address climate change.
August 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman and New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Climate Change Task Force Co-Chair Elaine Luria (VA-02), along with NDC Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06), NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters (CA-52), and the other Co-Chairs of the NDC Climate Change Task Force, Reps. Don Beyer (VA-08), Sean Casten (IL-06), and Susan Wild (PA-07), have released policy principles to combat climate change with the seriousness and urgency it demands.

July 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House of Representatives approved her amendment as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would compel the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on how the Department of Defense (DoD) can enter into more energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs).

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week secured language in a House-passed funding bill directing the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies to prioritize important issues related to military readiness, renewable energy, and veteran assistance.

June 18, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the introduction of the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, a bipartisan bill that would encourage further development of advanced nuclear energy programs. Such programs are poised to create high-quality jobs, strengthen national security, reduce foreign energy dependence, and promote emissions-free energy.
March 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today in a House Armed Services Committee hearing spoke in support of modernizing the U.S. nuclear triad, providing assurance and projecting strength to global allies in her remarks.