Committee Keeps Fighting for All-of-the-Above Solutions and North American Energy Independence
May 8, 2014
Watch the video online HERE.
House Energy and Commerce Committee members Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) this week were featured on WashingtonTimes.com discussing some of the major energy issues facing the committee and Congress.
Olson explained the debate surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline and expressed that in spite of inaction by the president and the Senate, the fight for the job-creating project and North American energy will continue. “We will keep fighting, fighting, and fighting, because this oil is great for America,” said Olson. The House acted on H.R. 3 a year ago to approve the project, and the administration’s latest delay further demonstrates the need for the Senate to move past the politics and get the job done.
Gardner emphasized support for a true, all-of-the-above energy strategy that moves us closer to North American energy independence. Gardner said, “For the first time in any of our lifetimes we have the real possibility of becoming North American energy independent. And so working with our partners in Canada and Mexico, we can produce responsibly energy from traditional and renewable resources, that not only provide jobs and economic opportunity here in the United States, but then can help our allies overseas as well.” Yesterday, the committee approved H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, with bipartisan support. This legislation will replace the presidential permit process and ensure that we don’t experience any Keystone XL-like delays for future energy infrastructure projects that cross the borders of the United States with Canada or Mexico. Last week, the committee approved Gardner’s legislation, H.R. 6, which would strengthen domestic job creation and energy production while helping our allies abroad by expediting U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).