USA – Few lawmakers have more influence in the nation’s capital than 17–term Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, the powerful chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
Representing a district mostly of small towns and rural communities, and having national security on top of his agenda, it is no surprise that in recent years he has co–sponsored or debated for proposals to help make America more energy-independent.
“Energy reform is not just a matter of wanting to keep our air and planet clean, as worthy and as important as those goals are,” he told his House colleagues in January while debating legislation to reduce energy consumption derived from fossil fuels and to increase energy production from renewable
resources. “It is also a matter of national security.” Last June, he voted for Energy and Environmental Law Amendments that increases energy efficiency standards for various domestic appliances.