Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement in strong support of Governor Romney's energy plan for America:
"Private sector energy innovators and producers have developed technologies that place America in the middle of an energy renaissance. Yet, instead of embracing and supporting this renaissance, President Obama has stifled American energy production in favor of higher cost, less reliable "green" energy boondoggles, wasting taxpayer dollars and ultimately threatening our national and economic security.
"I am thoroughly impressed with Governor Romney's comprehensive energy plan. The Romney Energy Plan will tap all of our North American resources in a safe manner and allow the full potential of this new energy era to be realized. The US has the world's largest combined energy resources - we need a President that understands that. Under Governor Romney's leadership America can be energy independent by 2020.
"This plan is truly an "all of the above energy plan" that will reduce our nation's reliance on oil from volatile parts of the world, help stabilize prices for consumers, and create millions of American jobs. With the strong North American energy partnership Romney has proposed, we can realize true energy independence and kick-start an economic boon that will revitalize our economy through manufacturing and energy production.
"It is also important to realize the beneficial national security implications of the Romney Energy Plan. In addition to strengthening our ties with our North American neighbors, Mexico and Canada, it will make us less reliant on volatile foreign resources, thus strengthening our leverage on the world stage. The world already comes to America - and Houston in particular - for state-of-the art innovation in energy technology. This innovation has, for the time being, largely evaded the death grip of the Obama Administration. As president, Governor Romney will ensure that this private sector renaissance will continue to thrive, providing a strong foundation for our nation's economic revival - a revival that will afford millions of American's the opportunity for secure, good-paying jobs.
"Governor Romney understands that a strong energy sector means a strong economy, and that means a strong America. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce committee, I look forward to working with the Romney-Ryan Administration to implement this energy vision for America."