I remain committed to finding solutions to lessen our reliance on foreign energy, and allow us to become energy independent. America’s prosperity is at stake. A comprehensive energy policy which encourages exploration, innovation, and conservation is the only way to lower energy prices for the long term for consumers, substantially reduce our trade deficit, and create millions of new jobs, all of which will ultimately lead us down the path to economic recovery and growth.
I am a member of several energy related caucuses, including the Coal Caucus, Natural Gas Caucus, Nuclear Issue Working Group, and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus.
In order to open Virginia's Outer Continental SHelf for oil and gas exploration and production, I introduced the Virginia Access to Energy Act (H.R. 1372).
I introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act (H.R. 3098). I also introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Flexibility Act (HR 3097) to partially waive the renewable fuel standard when corn inventories are low.
I also support several bills that encourage domestic energy production and rein in burdensome regulations:
H.R. 49 American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act
H.R. 153 Ensuring Affordable Energy Act
H.R. 1023 No More Excuses Energy Act
H.R. 1229 Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act
H.R. 1230 Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act
H.R. 1231 Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act
H.R. 2250 EPA Regulatory Relief Act
H.R. 2417 Better Use of a Light Bulb Act
H.R. 3811 Keystone for a Secure Tomorrow Act