As technology continues to change the world around us, innovation should not stop when it comes to our dependence on oil. Investing in clean and renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar, and hydrogen fuel cells will reduce our dependence on foreign oil from volatile parts of the world.
In the fight against higher gas and energy prices, I have voted to prevent a backdoor, cap-and-trade-style national energy tax; voted for the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act that would increase the production of American-made energy; voted to develop enforceable electricity production standards; voted to give the US access to the second largest oil reserves in the world in the Keystone XL pipeline project; and voted to development vast American oil shale resources.
I also support greater transparency requirements for federal agencies that regulate gas and oil drilling. In South Florida, the substantial risks associated with offshore drilling so very close to our beaches outweigh any benefits.
Most recently demonstrated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oilrig, nearby offshore drilling could be responsible for a number of environmental dangers that pose a threat to our economy and livelihood. I am in support of legislation that holds oil companies responsible for their spills and for covering 100% of the cleanup costs and damages.