The national security of our country is tied closely to our energy security, which is why it is important to reduce our dependence on foreign energy. As energy prices continue to fluctuate, we must have a comprehensive, all-of-the-above strategy focused on exploration, innovation, and conservation. This approach will simultaneously invest in our country's natural resources, domestic energy infrastructure, and alternative fuel sources. It will also provide for energy security and lower energy costs for businesses and families, thus improving economic conditions across America.
I fully support domestic production of our natural resources. I believe we must continue to explore offshore for even more opportunities that may support America in her efforts to reduce dependency on foreign oil. A key energy project which would directly support our desire to wean ourselves of foreign oil while at the same time adding hundreds of thousands jobs here at home is the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Obama Administration has continuously delays the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that would transport crude oil from Canadian oil sands to refineries along the Gulf Coast. For purely political reasons, the Obama Administration continues to block this project of paramount importance, despite numerous environmental impact studies, which have found the project to be environmentally sound.
We also must invest in new and existing technologies to diversify our energy portfolio. These include, but are not limited to, biomass, nuclear, solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cell. I remain committed to investing in and providing incentives for all different forms of alternative energy.
South Carolina is doing its part to lead our country towards energy independence. In doing so, we have created jobs and will produce cost efficient energy. The federal government needs to take a page out of the South Carolina playbook. More stringent regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency will only drive up the cost of energy and kill jobs. Our country must pull together and drastically change the current national energy path we are on before it is too late. We have been blessed with ample resources here at home. It is of paramount importance that we utilize our proven reserves in addition to our exceptional minds as we develop the technologies of the future while harnessing the resources we have.
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Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House Foreign Affairs Committee concluded a hearing at which Secretary of State John Kerry testified about the interim agreement the United States recently finalized with Iran regarding its nuclear program.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed three energy bills that promote and expand American energy production, create jobs, and lower energy costs.
Congressman Wilson said, “Our nation has an abundance of energy resources. President Obama claims to support an “all-of-the-above energy plan,” but continues to wage his war on energy consumers and providers. Since 2009, the President and his Administration have stalled projects, increased regulations, and created obstacles that limit energy production.
This afternoon, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) sent a letter to all members of the Budget Conference Committee, including House Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01) and Senate Chairwoman Patty Murray (WA), regarding the upcoming fiscal negotiations as it pertains to sequestration. Because of current law established under the Budget Control Act of 2011, the Department of Defense and Department of Energy's budgets will experience further reductions in January.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed a bill to fund the government until January 15, 2014, and extend the debt ceiling until February 7, 2014.