Issue Position: Energy

Issue Position

Making America Self-Reliant.

As the Middle East continues to spin out of control, with no apparent end to the turmoil and unrest in sight, our need to expand domestic energy production is more urgent than ever. America needs to drastically reduce its dependence on unreliable--and increasingly hostile--foreign energy sources.

As a member of the Natural Resources Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, I'm on the front lines, looking for practical solutions.

We can easily become more energy self-sufficient without putting our environment at risk. For example, natural gas is a safe and abundant source of energy. But the Obama administration keeps caving to pressure from left-wing special interest groups, imposing more and more regulations that kill jobs and keep us dependent on energy from regimes that hate America.

Energy is the lifeblood of our economy. Big, liberal government is completely out of touch with what hard-working Americans want. I am committed to cutting regulations and fighting irrational environmental policies that give other countries the power to cut us off. I believe it's a matter of national security.