America’s energy independence is vital to the future success of our nation.  I have long supported an all-of-the-above approach to energy development from energy sources that are both environmentally sound and economically feasible.  This includes expanding our use of domestic oil, natural gas, solar, wind, and geothermal power capabilities, among others.  All of these policies must be part of a comprehensive, market-based plan to make the United States energy secure. 

Energy resources from around the globe are often subject to volatile conditions from foreign actors that do not always have the United States’ best interests in mind.  Therefore, lessening our dependence on foreign oil and acquiring energy from our own resources plays an important role in our national security.  I have always and will continue to support common sense policy to ensure that we are on track to produce the energy that our nation needs.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

I certainly understand the need to protect our environment and support policies that will safeguard it for future generations. However, I have grown increasingly concerned with the many rules, regulations, and actions taken by the EPA in recent years. While I believe that it is important to maintain the integrity of the environment, this should be achieved through a balanced approach – one that contains economic analysis, common sense, and robust debate.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect our environment, strengthen our economy, and address critical infrastructure needs across the country.