Energy & Environment

Darren is committed to expanding our energy mix by incentivizing renewable energy such as solar, wind, biofuels, and hydropower.  Hailing from the Sunshine State, he understands the importance of solar, in particular, to assist with peak generation demands in the middle of an average Florida day when the sun is shining and the air conditioners are running.

Darren also believes we must maintain reliable and affordable electric service by ensuring that our push for renewable diversity is in harmony with continued use of natural gas and nuclear power as appropriate.  

It is critical that we meet the energy demands of today while developing the clean energy technology of tomorrow.  It is up to today’s leaders to embrace the long term challenge of combating climate change and saving our planet for future generations.

We must also protect Florida's natural beauty, pristine beaches and long-term water supply.  It is important for our quality of life, and for our economy.  As a result, Darren opposes off-shore drilling near Florida's coast and fracking on its lands.

I look forward to working on the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources to resolve these and other major challenges.

Selected bills on energy and the environment co-sponsored by Congressman Soto:

H.R. 468 - Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2017 - make foreign facilities liable for removal costs and damages that result from oil spills that reach (or threaten to reach) U.S. navigable waters, adjoining shorelines, or the EEZ.

H.R. 502 - To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund - to make permanent the authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

More on Energy & Environment

May 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife hearing, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) spoke in support of his bill, H.R. 160, the Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2021. Congressman Soto introduced this bipartisan bill in January with Reps.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

Kissimmee, Fla.  U.S. Congressmen Brian Mast (FL-18) and Darren Soto (FL-09), along with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL), today re-introduced the South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act.

January 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Reps.

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed key environmental initiatives secured by Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) in a $259.5 billion funding package that consists of fiscal year 2021 State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bills. 

June 15, 2020 Press Release

KISSIMMEE, FL— Today, Rep.

March 2, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) asked Administrator Andrew Wheeler if the Environmental Protection Agency can test the safety of water in St. Cloud. The request comes after residents of St. Cloud reported seeing orange and brown sediment in the water coming out of faucets and in other water systems throughout their homes. 

 

February 28, 2020 In The News

As scientists work frantically to prevent the spread of stony coral tissue loss disease across the Florida Reef Tract, they acknowledge more funding and resources are needed.

A crew of researchers from Nova Southeastern University are the first line of defense in the battle against this deadly disease. The scientists have been treating the coral already infected with a paste combined with amoxicillin.

February 28, 2020 In The News

A congressman is stepping in after thousands of St. Cloud residents have been dealing with orange and brown sediment in their water for more than two and a half years. 

February 19, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) announced  a $40 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  to the Toho Water Authority in Kissimmee, Florida. The loan will help finance projects that will improve the efficiency of the existing sewer and wastewater management systems and support community growth without needing to expand the existing wastewater treatment facility.

 

February 12, 2020 In The News

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), along with Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) officially introduced a national fracking ban in the House.