Energy & Environment
Texas families, small businesses, airlines, schools, and law enforcement officials are being hammered by volatile fuel prices. Yet, the solution to our energy problems is straightforward – America needs to find more sources of energy and use less of it.
Unfortunately, Congress has focused too often on gimmicks aimed at scoring political points instead of real solutions. Suing OPEC, mandating longer lasting light bulbs, windfall profits taxes and punishing American companies for producing energy and jobs here at home not only doesn't work, energy costs go up on working families and small businesses. Instead of preventing companies from leasing new federal lands, perpetuating moratoriums that have forced 11 rigs to leave the Gulf of Mexico and stopping coastal states from sharing in revenue generated from off-shore oil exploration, we should be embracing an 'All of the Above' energy strategy for America.
More American-made Energy -- Not More Games, Solyndras or taxpayer subsidized cars
For a few years now, I, and my House Republican colleagues, have been fighting for a common-sense solution: More American-made energy to lower prices. Our goal is simple. America needs to take responsibility for producing 2/3rds of the energy we need each day, ending our dependence on foreign oil. Because Washington has failed to act, today we rely on foreign nations for over 60% of our daily needs and we grow dangerously more dependent each year. That’s a costly mistake, today and for the future.
Let's take the first step in ending our reliance on foreign oil by producing more energy here at home and creating new jobs. I support development of:
I was pleased that both Congress and the President lifted the long-standing moratorium on exploring for more energy off our coastlines. However, that was just the first step. We still need to get permitting up to speed and keep exploring ways to unlock our domestic energy supplies while respecting the needs of our environment. We must eliminate overly burdensome laws and regulations that stand in the ways of our country’s energy independence.