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

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.

Jan 28, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after President Obama concluded his State of the Union address.

“As Americans tuned into the State of the Union address this evening, they were hopeful the President would provide reassurance that our economy is on its way to recovery. Tonight’s speech was anything but optimistic.

Jan 24, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) held a roundtable meeting with community leaders in Aiken and Barnwell counties this afternoon to discuss the importance of the Savannah River Site.  Earlier this year, Congressman Wilson outlined his legislative agenda for 2014.  Advocating for the Savannah River Site’s mission and ensuring that it retains a full workforce are two of his top priorities.  In order to achieve this goal, Congressman Wilson felt it was necessary to meet with SRS contractors, community leaders, and locally elected officials in one setting to hear their concerns.  

Jan 3, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after unveiling his 2014 Legislative Agenda at five press conferences across South Carolina’s Second Congressional District.

“In 2013, we witnessed the disastrous impacts of big government,” Congressman Joe Wilson said. “From the Administration’s failed rollout of Obamacare to the undermining of our national security by sequestration, we know that this type of governance does not bode well for our families, our economy, or our safety.