By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted for HR 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act. This bipartisan bill updates and modernizes outdated energy policies. This bill helps America continue on the path to energy independence and creates new jobs.
The North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act updates and modernizes outdated policies that were created during a time of energy scarcity. The United States continues to undergo an energy renaissance driven by newly discovered resources, technological innovation, and a skilled workforce. The bill focuses on the transmission, distribution, and storage of energy to ensure America has the necessary infrastructure to meet today’s energy challenges.
In an effort to protect our electrical grid, this legislation enhances emergency preparedness and utilization of advanced technologies to address threats to the grid, including physical and cyber-attacks, electromagnetic pulses, geomagnetic disturbances, severe weather, and seismic events.
The bill also takes important steps by strengthening partnerships with American allies and reforming the approval process for energy exports. It promotes simple and affordable methods to address energy demand and lower electric bills, while also reducing government waste, and prioritizing budget dollars in existing programs.
Rep. Cook said, “America is the world’s leading energy producer, but our infrastructure just hasn’t kept pace. This bill will help modernize and update that infrastructure, while also building a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce, and strengthening America’s energy security. Let’s make these upgrades, create good paying jobs, and secure our energy independence.”
A member of the House Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and Natural Resources Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.