I support an all-of-the above energy policy and am committed to reducing the U.S.’s dependency on foreign sources of oil. We cannot rely on unstable regions of the world to supply our energy. This is a matter of national security. The development of new drilling techniques and the discovery of huge domestic reserves of oil and natural gas have opened up the possibility that America can once again be energy independent. There was a time when America led the world in energy production, and we can do it again if the federal government gets out of the way and stops forcing us to be dependent on the Middle East and Venezuela for our energy.
The US must explore all alternatives to eliminate our foreign energy dependence, including developing wind, solar, nuclear and other practical energy alternatives. Development of all sources of domestic energy will not only lead us to energy independence, but it will create jobs and wealth here in the United States.
Our energy security is also tied to our national security. The U.S. should form a long term energy partnership with our neighbors Mexico and Canada. By taking practical steps such as building the Keystone XL pipeline, increased drilling for oil and natural gas both offshore and on land, and through increased use of all forms of renewable energy, it is entirely possible that North America could be completely energy independent.
In addition, with technological advances and new drilling techniques, many U.S. producers have a surplus of oil and natural gas that they wish to sell worldwide. The U.S. should lift the crude oil export ban and reform its lengthy, burdensome administrative process to review applications to export liquefied natural gas to allow these commodities to be sold in the world market. I have introduced bipartisan legislation to do just that: the Export American Natural Gas Act of 2015 (H.R. 428) would reform our regulatory system to require timely decisions to be made on pending applications to export LNG.
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