Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Energy

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.

More on Energy

May 1, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) along with Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) sent a letter to the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Sylvia Burwell encouraging immediate action on the Savannah River Site’s reprogramming request.  This is the second written appeal Congressman Wilson has made to OMB on behalf of the Savannah River Site’s request to transfer previously appropriated funds to different accounts.  Once approved, the Site will revert back to normal operations with a full dedicated workforce in tact.  To find a copy of the lette

Apr 30, 2013 Press Release

Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced plans to hold a town hall meeting in Aiken to address the recent concerns of furloughs due to sequestration at the Savannah River Site:

Friday, May 3, 2013

10-11AM

USC-Aiken’s Convocation Center

375 Robert M. Bell Parkway

Aiken, SC 29801

Apr 17, 2013 Press Release
In this morning’s House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) questioned Secretary of State John Kerry on the Administration’s position for the MOX project at the Savannah River Site in Aiken.  Wilson also asked Secretary Kerry about future trade opportunities that have led to companies like Michelin, BMW, and Boeing’s international success. 

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Mar 6, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) testified this morning before the House Budget Committee, which is led by Chairman Paul Ryan, requesting that appropriate funding levels be retained in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget for the Savannah River Site in Aiken and Barnwell counties and Fort Jackson in Columbia.  Both of these installations are vital to our national security and provide unique one-of-a-kind resources to our country. Excerpts from his speech are included below.

Fort Jackson:

Mar 5, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement in response to the Savannah River Nuclear Solution's recent announcement to furlough 2,000 employees as a result of sequestration:

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