Issue Position: Energy
Throughout my career I have championed policies that encourage the U.S. to meet its energy needs domestically. Developing energy at home translates to energy security to ensure stable sources of supply and well-paying jobs for American workers. Today more than ever before, our energy policy is a matter of national security.
America's energy supply should be stable, diverse, and affordable. This means we must work to increase domestic energy production by expanding development and refining of oil, increasing exploration and production of natural gas, continuing development and innovative uses of coal and clean coal technologies, developing renewable sources of energy such as wind and cellulosic biofuels, and further developing nuclear energy. I have worked through my leadership position in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to meet these goals.
America is far too dependent upon foreign powers for our sources of oil. I believe it is possible to explore oil sources in Alaska and produce energy nationwide in an environmentally friendly way. Oklahoma plays a key role in America's energy independence. The oil and natural gas industry that helped to build our state years ago is experiencing a resurgence and is contributing to our economy. I have supported and consistently worked to pass legislation to encourage the production of oil and natural gas and clarify environmental regulations so that oil and gas can be produced more efficiently.