One of the major priorities Congress must address is our domestic energy production. The rising cost of energy is not only damaging our economy but harming American families. I am fighting to move our country towards energy independence. The only way to achieve this is by taking an “any and all” approach. Congress must pass laws that promote domestic production of this abundant resource to help lower energy costs for all Americans.


One of the fastest ways to begin stemming the rising costs of energy is by completing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline, which was supposed to run from Canada to Texas, would have brought crude oil from Canada to be refined and distributed across the United States. This domestic supply of fuel would help lower gas prices, been a significant boom for our economy. 


The United States has significant natural gas reserves that can provide clean and efficient energy for our homes, cities, and economy. The U.S. proven reserves of natural gas have increased nearly every year since 2000. Major advances in natural gas exploration and production technologies, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have contributed to increases in natural gas production and reserves.


When it comes to clean energy investment, I am supportive of allowing private sector entrepreneurs conducting research into new technologies that may bring cheaper, cleaner energy for all Americans. I do not believe it is the government’s job to pick winners and losers when it comes to energy research and development grants.   

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