Why it matters: Energy shortages and high prices hurt families, farmers and businesses. Skyrocketing energy costs drive up the price of goods and dramatically alter our spending decisions—hitting seniors and single parents living on fixed incomes the hardest. Our nation’s lack of a comprehensive energy policy continues to contribute to this hardship. 

We have the largest recoverable resources of oil, gas and coal of any nation on the planet. America’s recoverable resources are larger than the combined supply of Saudi Arabia, China and Canada. There is no reason for our nation to be dependent on hostile regimes—and nations who have agendas that are often at odds with our own—for our energy needs.

Where I stand: As a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I am committed to working with my colleagues to get our nation to embrace an all-the-above approach to energy security that will encourage the responsible use of our nation’s unmatched energy resources. 

We can responsibly increase exploration of land under federal control, update energy-related infrastructure and increase safe, traditional energy production at home. Commonsense projects like additional pipelines to safely transport resources, as well as President Trump’s desire to work with Congress to roll back the Obama administration’s moratorium on new coal mining leases, are excellent examples of how Washington can increase domestic production and access in a responsible manner.

While fossil fuels will continue to play an important role in the short term, we must work toward developing and expanding renewable sources of energy in order to address our current and future needs. We need to use everything our nation has been blessed with, including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower to diversify our energy portfolio. Emissions-free nuclear must also play a big role. We continue to make advancements in these areas and I support smart, responsible approaches that broaden our capability to harness natural resources to create new forms of sustainable energy. 

These are the proper ways to address our energy issues. The “Green New Deal’’—which makes undeliverable promises, proposes to dramatically drive up costs for every American and eliminates thousands of jobs in the energy sector—is not. Heavy-handed rules that reduce energy supplies are likewise counterproductive. Washington must continue to reject these failed ideas in order to move forward.