Ohio's Sixth Congressional District can rest assured that concerns of energy efficiency will be addressed as long as Charlie Wilson is in office. Congressman Wilson is currently serving his second term, representing counties of Southeastern Ohio and boasting a platform that strives to serve "an unwavering commitment to Ohio's working families," according to his online office
. He also proudly holds a seat on the Science and Technology Committee, where his passionate voice for home-grown energy and responsible resource use is heard.
Congressman Wilson has supported a wide variety of sustainability endeavors, from announcing research funding for alternative energy projects at Ohio University to advocating and test-driving the 2009 Aptera
, a space-age, aerodynamic electric car that gets 100 miles to the gallon. He also helped pass the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
, which revised standards for lighting and appliances and created incentives for the development of plug-in hybrids. The act was signed into law by former President Bush December 19, 2007.
Though Congressman Wilson supports the use of alternative energy sources such as the Solar Energy Program
developed at Wayne National Forest, he also pushes strongly for energy independence. This means using the resources we have here on American soil underneath our feet. For Appalachian Ohio, this means coal. Congressman Wilson voted against American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 that called for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and changes to energy policies. The congressman explains on his website
, "While I believe it is important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, I was disheartened to see that this bill would impose too steep a cost on the use and advancement of our domestic resources, including our area's major resource, coal. I believe that coal must and will play a major role in our nation's transition to energy independence. In Ohio, 86 percent of our electricity comes from coal. And the vast majority of that coal comes from Appalachian Ohio. Because we are located in an area of the country that heavily relies on coal to turn on the lights and heat our homes, Ohio families and energy intensive industries, like steel, will bear the brunt of the cost from this version of climate change legislation. That is why, I voted against the bill. This legislation is still being worked on by the Senate and I'm eager to see what that bill will look like."
With four sons and nine grandchildren, it is no surprise that Charlie Wilson wants the best for the future generations of America. This means conserving our resources while supporting new, energy-efficient technology to power the way into a more sustainable United States. More on Congressman Wilson's work on energy can be found here.