Issue Position: Energy

Issue Position

As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I am working in Congress to develop comprehensive energy policies for our nation, which include increasing exploration and development of oil and natural gas using environmentally sensitive technologies, streamlining government bureaucracy, improving our pipeline and electrical transmission infrastructure and supporting initiatives for clean coal and nuclear power. On the consumption side, we must focus on demand reduction, renewable energy and conservation, in order to reduce our dependence on foreign energy. We should discuss environmentally-safe ways to harness our nation's reserves on federal lands, offshore, in the West, and in Alaska. In some cases, producers have been unable to employ more efficient, less costly and safe modern drilling technologies due to unnecessary regulations. In others, stringent federal regulations have prevented electric utilities from implementing routine maintenance at their facilities that would lead to emission reductions. Balancing the need for more domestically-reliable energy with the protection of our environment is not easy, but it is imperative that we find balanced solutions for our economy and our national security. In order to achieve these goals, I was a primary author of H.R. 6, the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The President signed this bill into law in August of 2005. Over time this law will decrease our dependence on foreign sources of energy by incentivizing conservation and increasing domestic production in an environmentally-sound manner. Along with encouraging more nuclear and hydropower production, this law promotes clean coal technology for use in projects such as FutureGen. This near-zero emissions process revolutionizes the way in which we will generate electricity from coal. I also authored and helped pass through the House the Gasoline for America's Security (GAS) Act of 2005. Not only will this bill further increase refining capacity, it protects consumers and businesses from price gouging in gasoline and diesel fuel sales.