Pursuing an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy
The United States is one of the most energy-rich countries across the globe. Over the past few years, we’ve experienced an energy boom. Crude oil and natural gas production, in particular, have both increased – but only on state and privately-owned land.
I support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will create jobs, grow our economy, and reduce our nation’s dependence on energy from hostile foreign countries. That means increasing access to and promoting the development of domestic energy and alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, geothermal, biomass, clean coal and natural gas.
Unfortunately, our domestic resources are going unused or being shipped elsewhere due to inefficient infrastructure and bureaucratic red tape. For countless years the United States has been reliant on foreign oil and therefore subject to price shocks due to conflict in the Middle East.
Over the past month I have supported a number of bills which passed through the House to tear down the red tape and to promote American energy, starting with the bipartisan North American Infrastructure Act (H.R. 3301). This bill ensures that cross-border oil pipelines be approved within 120 days of their submission unless they are found to be counterproductive to the national security interests of the United States. This streamlined approval process creates an integrated energy infrastructure in North America and allows for a more efficient energy marketplace with Canada and Mexico. It would help prevent projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would create tens of thousands of American jobs and invest billions of dollars into our economy, from getting stuck in the approval process.
In addition to H.R. 3301, I supported the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act (H.R. 6), which forces the Obama administration to act on the 26 pending liquefied natural gas export applications stalled by the Department of Energy. The United States has more than enough gas to supply our domestic needs and by using these gas exports, we are further able to decrease the influence that other exporters like Russia and Iran have on our energy market.
Finally, I voted for the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act (H.R. 4899), which would open new areas to energy exploration and development on our onshore and offshore federal lands. Earlier this month I polled my constituents through my weekly newsletter to ask them how much they’re paying for gas. Most were paying around $4 per gallon. Especially as we head into the summer, families across the country are feeling the pain at the pump. This bill can help by requiring the U.S. to move forward with new off-shore energy production in areas like the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts that contain the most oil and natural gas resources, lowering the overall cost of oil.
Utilization of our home-grown resources is needed now. The red tape put in place preventing this country from taking full advantage of our own energy sources must be torn down and pieces of legislation like these are just one step in the fight towards this cause. I remain committed to an all-of-the-above energy strategy to improve our economic and natural security and make the United States a world energy superpower.