Since coming to Congress, I have been an ardent supporter of energy policies that reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and expand domestic production of economically viable sources of energy. America is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that should be developed responsibly. This is both good for our economy and our national security. My record in Congress reflects my “all of the above” energy strategy to keep energy costs low and support domestic energy:
Opposing Cap and Trade and Obama’s Radical Anti-Energy Agenda
- Voted against the Obama-Pelosi “cap and trade” tax that would drive up energy prices and hurt the middle class.
- Cosponsored the Ensuring Affordable Energy Act, which prohibits the EPA from implementing or enforcing a cap and trade program or any new regulation of greenhouse gasses from stationary sources.
Supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline
- Voted for and cosponsored the Northern Route Approval Act, which authorizes the construction of the Kesytone XL Pipeline.
Advancing Offshore Energy Production
- Voted for the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, which requires the Secretary of the Interior to issue drilling leases in the outercontinental shelf.
- Cosponsored and voted for the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act, which opens up new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Promoting New Refineries
- Cosponsored legislation to streamline the permitting process for new refineries, which haven’t been issued since 1976.
Expanding Nuclear Power
- Supported safe nuclear power which is safe, clean and inexpensive.
- Voted for the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, which gives States the lead role in overseeing the disposal of coal ash, rather than the EPA.
Effective Domestic Energy Alternatives
- Supported tax credits for alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and hybrid technologies.