Issue Position: Energy & Natural Resources

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2016

I fully support an all-of-the-above energy approach to promote American Energy Independence. This includes using our vast resources of oil, natural gas, clean coal technology, wind, solar, and nuclear. Together, with the use of all of the resources we have at our disposal, we will help create jobs and grow our economy. Most importantly, this approach will reduce our dependence on hostile regimes for energy.

Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has routinely stood in the way of American Energy Independence. During my first week as a Member of Congress, I was proud to support legislation to approve of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Independent studies have shown that Keystone XL would create 20,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs, all without spending a single dime of taxpayer dollars. Despite broad support in Congress, construction and expansion was halted once again due to President Obama's veto.

Furthermore, as a member of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee within the Natural Resources Committee, I am proud to support efforts to expand domestic energy exploration, both on and offshore, in an environmentally safe way. This will further our goal of American Energy Independence while generating revenue for the federal and state governments without having to raise taxes.

Specifically, when it comes to nuclear power, I am proud that Georgia is home to Plant Vogtle, which is the site of the first two nuclear reactors to be built in the United States in over thirty years. When construction of reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle are complete, this will provide Georgians with yet another safe, clean, and renewable form of energy to keep prices low for consumers.

Additionally, as an avid outdoorsman, I am proud to serve on the House Natural Resources Committee. We are blessed in our country with an abundance of pristine federal lands like the Oconee National Forest. As a member of the Federal Lands Subcommittee, I am committed to making sure that our true national treasures -- our parks and forests -- remain vibrant so that our children and grandchildren can have the same opportunities to enjoy our beautiful country as we currently have.