Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2th 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

Mar 13, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after questioning Secretary of State John Kerry in today’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.  The Secretary appeared before the Committee to testify on the State Department’s FY15 budget request.  Because the President suggested placing the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site in “cold standby,” Congressman Wilson took this opportunity to question the Administration’s decision and press the Secretary on its national security impacts.

Mar 12, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4138, the ENFORCE the Law Act, legislation that allows Congress to challenge executive overreach in the courts and increase government accountability.

Mar 4, 2014 Article

Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Joe Wilson issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s Fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. 

Feb 20, 2014 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study which threatens the future of the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

Feb 13, 2014 Article

After five and a half years and five federal reviews, the president still refuses to approve the application permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. His reasoning is centered on incorrect environmental concerns. During the late afternoon on Friday, Jan. 31st, the State Department issued its final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline; a report that gages the affects construction would have on the environment.

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