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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

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 23, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON — In just four years, a ban on drilling off the eastern Gulf is set to expire. But the Sunshine state’s congressional delegation is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

May 23, 2018 In The News

I am a developer and an environmentalist, and I own property in and around Orlando. It is one of the most dynamic and interesting cities in the United States, and natural resources are part of the mix. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute study published in 2013 determined that wildlife viewing (excluding hunting) had a nearly $5 billion impact on Florida’s economy. Orlando needs to retain and enhance its share of this ever-expanding ecotourism industry.

April 23, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) announced Julie Hill-Gabriel, VP Water Conservation at National Audubon Society, will be his special guest for the joint session of Congress by French President Emmanuel Macron, scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th:

April 16, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the House passed by voice vote Rep. Darren Soto’s bill, the Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2017 (H.R. 3961), which would designate Central Florida’s river and its tributaries in the state of Florida for study under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This designation grants the River critical ecological protections.

March 5, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto of Orlando received a perfect score of 100 for his environmental issues voting record from the national League of Conservation Voters, the only member of Florida’s delegation to do so.

March 1, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the 2017 National Environmental Scorecard, the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress. Florida’s only top score was awarded to Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) for his voting record helping to protect our air, water and open spaces, today and for future generations.

January 19, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Congressman Darren Soto released the following statement following a Natural Resources Committee Hearing today, in which BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank admitted that Florida is not officially exempt from the Trump administration’s offshore oil drilling plan:

January 2, 2018 Press Release

Kissimmee, Florida – Congressman Darren Soto is concerned about the Trump Administration’s plans to deregulate safety standards for offshore oil drilling. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) plans to publish new regulations which recommend rather than require oil drilling companies to perform production safety measures. In response, Congressman Soto is leading a letter to the BSEE in opposition to the proposed changes to safety regulations. He is also considering filing legislation to address this matter.

December 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL-09) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL-18) sent a letter today to Speaker Paul Ryan, urging for continued full funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Estuary Program and the South Florida Geographic Initiative.

December 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  Today, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which includes the bipartisan Foreign Spill Protection Act, co-introduced by freshman Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) and Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26). This legislation (H.R. 468), led by Rep. Curbelo, would ensure foreign entities that cause an oil spill into U.S. waters and shores are also responsible for all cleanup costs.