Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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I advocate for a true All-of-the-Above energy strategy that makes use of domestic resources while promoting advancements in clean energy and ensuring energy independence from foreign nations. I support construction of the Keystone pipeline, as pipelines provide a transportation alternative with fewer carbon emissions.

I introduced the American Pipeline Jobs and Safety Act to require that all pipelines in the U.S. are made with 100% American steel, in order to make certain our pipelines are constructed with the highest quality standards.

Legislation I cosponsored was signed into law that addressed one of the major issues we Minnesotans faced during last winter’s propane crisis. The law eliminates some of the regulatory burdens faced by states that have been granted a State of Emergency status, making it easier to transport supplies to areas with the most severe heating fuel shortages.

In addition, I support the Renewable Fuel Standard because I believe we should tap into the scientific advancements that will allow our nation’s energy portfolio to shift away from fossil fuels and take advantage of renewable sources of energy, such as solar, wind, and biomass.

More on Energy

Dec 14, 2016 In The News

Minnesota Power's Great Northern Transmission Line received federal approval Wednesday when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Presidential Permit allowing the transmission line to cross the international border between the United States and Canada.

Lines in Minnesota will carry clean electricity generated by Manitoba Hydro. The Presidential Permit approval is the final step in a four-year regulatory process.

Dec 14, 2016 In The News

The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday announced it has issued a so-called presidential permit giving federal approval for Minnesota Power's plan to bring electricity into Minnesota from northern Manitoba hydroelectric dams.

The permit approves the cross-border aspects of the Great Northern Transmission Line, in the works since 2012, and Minnesota Power officials declared it the last major regulatory hurdle before construction can begin on the power line early next year.