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 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 11, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) held a town hall at Aiken Technical College yesterday, answering questions on a range of issues, including national defense, health care, North Korea, and immigration. Congressman Wilson clearly outlined issues he’s consistently advocated for throughout his service in Congress for limited government and expanded freedom. 

Mar 8, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) testified before the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee today requesting support for the missions at the Savannah River Site and urging the completion of Yucca Mountain.   

Watch Congressman Wilson's Testimony here

Feb 7, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced legislation today to restrict funding for the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization with Senator Tom Cotton (R, AR).

“Today I joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to introduce legislation that would reinforce our Constitutional principles and restore the responsible Bush-era policies on the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,” Wilson said.  

Jan 24, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive action on Keystone pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline:

“I am grateful President Donald Trump has clearly demonstrated his commitment to an ‘all of the above’ energy policy by taking action to advance construction of the Keystone pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline.

Jan 11, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after introducing the Sensible Nuclear Waste Disposition Act, critical legislation to prevent the Department of Energy from constructing a new defense waste repository until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made a final decision regarding the outcome of Yucca Mountain: