We need an all-of-the-above approach to energy, which includes more American produced oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power, along with alternative sources that show a return on our investment.
On President Obama’s watch, Tennesseans are paying nearly $3.50 just to buy a gallon of gas. Meanwhile, the White House has allowed commonsense energy projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline to languish for years on end and has slapped coal-fired power plants, like the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) facility in Gallatin, with burdensome regulations that threaten jobs and energy prices.
In Congress, I am fighting for an all-of-the-above energy strategy that lowers costs, supports job growth, and paves the way for increased energy exploration here at home. Additionally, I am a proud supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry an estimated 830,000 barrels of oil into the United States each day from our allied Canadian neighbor and create approximately 42,000 jobs. Last year, I voted for the Northern Route Approval Act, which would take the decision to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline out of President Obama’s hands and make way for its immediate completion.
I am also working to take politics out of decisions regarding energy regulations with my support of legislation such as the Energy Consumers Relief Act—a bipartisan measure requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide a cost-benefit analysis of the impact that any major new regulation will have on jobs and energy prices. The bill also prohibits the EPA from finalizing any rule that the Department of Energy deems to have an adverse impact on our economy.
By harnessing America’s energy capabilities, we could lower prices, create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and raise revenue to help tackle the $17.5 trillion national debt. The more energy we produce in America, the stronger we will be as a nation.
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