Bob Goodlatte replies about global warming

Dear Mr. Gavaler:

Thank you for contacting me regarding global warming.  It is good to hear from you.

I want you to know that I agree with you on the need for protecting our environment.  While the debate over global warming reminds us that we should be good stewards of our planet, our nation has made great strides toward preserving our environment and has arguably the most comprehensive and protective environmental standards in the world. I believe we can and should do more, but we must carefully review any legislation in this area to ensure there are no unintended consequences.

As you know, Congress has considered several legislative proposals that dealt with global warming. I have great concerns that many of these proposals called for dramatic mandatory emissions reductions that would hamper the ability of companies to operate competitively in the United States, and thus be forced to move those jobs overseas. This would hurt not only our economy, but also the global environment, as most countries do not have the environmental protections that we benefit from in the United States. Instead of government mandates and bureaucracy we should focus on policies that support technological advances and consumer choices.

As we debate climate change, I believe it is important for our nation to reevaluate our energy policies. However, we cannot ignore that America’s economy is intrinsically linked to the availability and affordability of energy. In order to build a strong economy and create more jobs, we need reliable and affordable energy supplies. The bottom line is that we need policies which encourage investment in environmentally sound, cost-effective practices without stifling innovation and setting our economy back. While Washington may develop the guidelines, we need to get the government out of the way and let local people get the job done. Rest assured I will keep your views in mind as Congress continues to debate global warming.

I appreciate your taking the time to share your views with me. I believe it is important to keep an open line of communication so I can best serve the interests of the 6th district. In addition, I hope you will be in touch as the 115th Congress considers legislation or addresses additional issues of importance to the United States.

Again, thank you for the benefit of your comments. Please feel free to contact me whenever I may be of assistance.


Bob Goodlatte
Member of Congress


Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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