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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

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

House bills with bipartisan support would direct regulators to examine new ways to oversee digital assets and protect them from manipulation, as some lawmakers strive to make financial technologies more mainstream.

One bill would direct the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, consulting with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies, to report to committees including Senate Banking and House Financial Services on how cryptocurrencies are regulated in the U.S. and other countries and detail the benefits of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

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. 

February 7, 2019 Video

 

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

February 5, 2019 Press Release

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, announced the Chairs of the 13 CHC Task Forces that will work to advance CHC’s bold legislative agenda, allow CHC Members to work together on policy priorities, and address issues facing Hispanic and immigrant communities.

January 26, 2019 Event
January 15, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, has been appointed to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It is the oldest, continuous standing committee in the U.S. House and has the broadest jurisdiction of any committee in Congress, overseeing several federal departments and agencies, Soto said in a news release.

January 12, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) introduced his first bills of the 116th Congress this week focusing on environmental protections policy. The six bills reintroduced include Rep. Soto’s signature Kissimmee River Bill, along with legislation to protect Florida from fracking damage, combat the pandemic of  infectious diseases caused by mosquitoes, limit the sale of lionfish, and increase research of risks of sinkholes.