Energy Security

As a farmer, Jon knows that Montana has tremendous potential to help strengthen our energy security and become a world leader in “all-of-the-above” energy development. Our state has coal, wind, gas, oil, biomass, solar power, and geothermal energy.

He also knows that this nation must make responsible decisions when it comes to our energy future.

Responsible energy development means jobs and more security. That’s why, as a state senator, Jon passed the tax credit that launched Montana’s wind energy industry — and a Renewable Energy Standard to invest in more renewable energy.

In the U.S. Senate, Jon achieved concrete results cutting red tape, and opening up opportunities for Montana. He supports the Keystone XL Pipeline and responsible development of eastern Montana’s Bakken Formation — one of the largest oil fields in the world.

Because of a law written by Jon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently began a pilot crop insurance program for farmers who grow camelina — a plant that can be refined into biofuel. In 2010, the U.S. Navy test-flew an F/A-18 Hornet using Montana-grown camelina fuel. Jon also helped advance camelina research at Montana’s universities.

Jon helped pass a bipartisan energy bill which created energy jobs, expanded “carbon capture” efforts, and boosted savings through energy efficiency.

From his seat on the influential Appropriations Committee, Jon has fought for and won investments in innovative projects like Montana universities’ biofuel research, wind turbine development, and renewable energy workforce training. He has secured investments in oilseed and ethanol production, and helped open up capital investment opportunities for Montana’s energy start-ups.

In the U.S. Senate, Jon has introduced legislation to:

  • Open up U.S. Department of Energy grants to help local governments, universities, nonprofits, and manufacturers further develop geothermal energy technology
  • Streamline the leasing process on public lands for wind and solar energy development
  • Help co-ops and localities construct renewable energy transmission lines and deliver Montana-made energy to larger markets
  • Allow states and local communities to create support networks for energy efficiency projects

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