President Obama has failed our country in encouraging and exploring new, sustainable, common-sense ways to increase our domestic energy supply and reduce energy costs for all Americans. Instead, he has favored politics over sound judgment and putting Americans back to work. We need to look no further than his decision to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, his failed attempts to pick winners and losers in Solyndra and other failed taxpayer-funded companies, and the burden placed on all of us through a steady rise in gasoline and heating costs. In May of 2010, President Obama stated that, "The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra." After failed government subsidies, layoffs and bankruptcy, we know that isn't true.
Last year, I joined other House energy leaders to form the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) to promote common sense energy policies for all Americans. One important step to better energy policy is to remove excessive government regulations, taxes, and schemes that raise energy prices and hurt American families. I will continue to work with my colleagues to move the Keystone XL project approval forward, increase offshore oil and natural gas lease sales, and limit the EPA's ability to burden consumers with more energy taxes and regulations. President Obama can learn a lot about how we do things here in North Dakota, where we understand the importance of caring for our environment while maintaining a responsible and balanced approach to energy.
North Dakota has massive reserves of coal, oil, and renewable energy, and we have proven that we can develop these resources at competitive rates while using environmentally sound methods. I support energy independence and believe in an "all of the above" approach to production that reduces the cost of energy and gasoline, moves our country away from dependence on foreign oil and capitalizes on our own vast resources.
I helped introduce the North American Energy Act to move the Keystone XL pipeline project forward. I will continue to work with Senator John Hoeven to advance the project to strengthen our energy sector and help create thousands of jobs.
Without the government picking winners and losers, our country can utilize clean coal, natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind, and other energy supplies to lower costs, create jobs, and put our country back on track.
North Dakotans have seen the benefits of long-term energy plans that encourage investment in our state's natural resources and energy infrastructure. Instead of looking to North Dakota as an example of responsible energy production, the President has left vast natural resources of energy untapped and thousands of jobs unfilled. America needs new leadership that will seek ways to increase access to safe and secure energy supplies and grow thousands of needed jobs.