Letter – Kiggans backs clean energy

Published 5:04 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

As a conservative and the state director of Conservatives for Clean Energy – Virginia, I am concerned about rising energy costs and proposed energy policies that would jeopardize jobs, reduce our energy choices and increase costs for everything from gas to groceries. Clean energy represents a great opportunity to embrace innovation and spur economic growth.

To that end, our team recently had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., during the annual fly-in hosted by Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions and the Conservative Energy Network to share my perspective on the changing energy landscape. Together, over 50 clean-energy advocates from across the country spoke with Republicans for policies to increase American energy production, reduce global emissions and support the U.S. economy.

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We all want to protect our environment, and conservative leaders in states and districts across the country are embracing new clean energy technologies. 

U.S. Rep. Jen Kiggans, R-Va., is working to advance common sense energy policy solutions. As a member of the Conservative Climate Caucus and House Natural Resources Committee, she plays an integral role in promoting American clean energy like solar and offshore wind. She understands that clean energy plays a vital role in not just our economic security but our national security as well.

Congress needs to continue its focus on fostering clean energy solutions. We can develop American-made energy, promote innovation, lower energy prices and be responsible stewards of our environment. Rep,. Kiggans understands the important role of clean energy in our nation’s future, and I trust that she will continue to work hard to advance balanced solutions that put the interests of Americans first.


Thomas Turner

State Director

Conservatives for Clean Energy – Virginia