Issue Position: Energy
The rise in energy prices is due in large part to Congress' historic inability to respond. As is the case with most decisions made in Washington, D.C., short-term thinking has resulted in long-term costs for all of us. By closing off major reserves of oil and gas within our own territory and subsidizing a select few energy alternatives and technologies, Congress has decided the agendas of special interests are more important than the well-being of all Americans.
I believe the goal of ensuring U.S. energy independence is vital to our long-term national security. We can move toward this goal of maintaining sufficient, reliable domestic energy sources by:
* Opening up Alaska for oil exploration, with adequate protections for the environment;
* Developing safer, more reliable nuclear energy;
* Developing renewable energy that can help our nation achieve energy independence;
* Creating incentives for the development of new technologies like coal gasification, a process that converts coal into diesel fuels, industrial gases and power usage. I'm proud that key aspects of this technology have been pioneered in Oklahoma;
* Protecting marginal well production.
Oil and gas exploration in Oklahoma continues to make a significant contribution to our economy. Complex federal regulations and tax structures often are a barrier to exploration in our state, and I will fight to dismantle those barriers.