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

August 2, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representatives Darren Soto (D-FL), Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR), and Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) introduced the Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019, bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would reauthorize and modernize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) filed companion bill in the U.S. Senate this week. The Coral Reef Conservation Act, which expired 15 years ago, was designed to promote the conservation of our nation’s reefs.

July 26, 2019 Event

Central Florida is intrinsically connected to different regions of the world with economic, cultural, and political ties. Join our Town Hall from the convenience of your computer or mobile via Facebook Live to discuss how our foreign policy work in Congress affects you. We will discuss our Venezuela TPS Bill, my recent trip to the Middle East visiting our troops, the DREAM and Promise Act, our push to give Caribbean territories equal access to Medicaid, along with foreign policy issues we're tackling in Congress.

 

July 17, 2019 Press Release

A bipartisan group of ten Members of Congress traveled to Switzerland, France, Israel, West Bank, Qater, Cyprus and Greece on a bipartisan Congressional Delegation led by United States Representative Ted Deutch. This is a report authored by U.S. Representatives Darren Soto (FL-09), Scott Peters (CA-52), and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), of findings related to energy matters coming under the jurisdiction of th House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

July 1, 2019 In The News

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the first federally funded economic impact study of toxic algae blooms since 2006 and a proposal to increase funding for research into ways to mitigate or stop red tide outbreaks by $2 million to $12 million.

The allocations are included in HR 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2020, which passed the House last week in a 227-194 vote. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate.

April 8, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — Florida lawmakers are continuing to push for more money to restore the Everglades after less money was budgeted for the project than what was requested. 

March 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Florida Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives today dismissed President Trump’s proposed budget as it relates to environmental protection, and most crucially, the plan’s glaring neglect of Everglades restoration efforts. U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Charlie Crist (FL-13), Darren Soto (FL-9), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) and Donna Shalala (FL-27) signed the following joint statement:

February 27, 2019 Press Release

Kissimmee, FLU.S. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) has launched a new Environmental Advisory Board for Florida’s 9th Congressional district, led by Eric Rollings as Chair, consisting of community leaders and environment advocates. The Advisory Board will hold their first meeting on March 28th to discuss environmental priorities for climate action and issues affecting the environment in the central Florida community.

February 19, 2019 In The News

Despite the techno-libertarian ideology that inspired the creation of blockchain and cryptocurrency, a reckoning between decentralized networks, digital assets, and state apparatus has been a long time coming.

February 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Darren Soto was named Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Technology Task Force. The Technology Task Force will focus on issues including emerging technology, global competitiveness, innovation, data privacy, and artificial intelligence (including the sociopolitical implications). This Task Force may also oversee issues related to telecommunications, including net neutrality, 5G, rural broadband, and access (ex.: disparities in access to technology in the classroom).

February 7, 2019 In The News

 

On February 6th, 2019, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto gave the following remarks on climate change at the first Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing.