Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina


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, in locations where natural resources are abundant, 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

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:

Feb 12, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement this evening in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“With a national debt of over sixteen trillion dollars, record unemployment on the rise, and a shrinking national GDP, now is the time for the President to work with Congress to achieve balanced solutions to put our economy back on the path to prosperity.  This evening’s remarks by President Obama conveyed to the American people that our Commander in Chief does not believe we have a spending problem,

Feb 5, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after sending a letter to President Obama in support of the MOX project, a Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) at the Savannah River Site.