From conventional resources like oil and natural gas to renewable resources like wind and solar, Texas’ energy sector is powering our homes, fueling our vehicles and driving our nation’s economy. I support an all-of-the-above approach that moves America towards energy independence.

To achieve energy independence, we must work to develop viable forms of renewable energy while also maximizing development of the conventional energy resources we have at home. By developing a diverse domestic energy portfolio in this way, we can create jobs, reduce energy costs and grow our economy.

Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban

I was proud to support the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill that became law and repealed the crude oil export ban. This outdated policy, which was signed into law in the 1970’s, blocked American energy producers from being able to sell any of our abundant domestic oil to our allies and partners around the world. This positive change in policy contributes to more American energy jobs, better security here at home and for our allies around the world, and lower prices at the pump for consumers.

Keystone XL Pipeline

Many of my constituents have reached out about the Keystone XL pipeline. When constructed, the pipeline gives us the ability to transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to the Gulf Coast in Texas. The benefits of this pipeline for Texas would be enormous. In fact, if this project is approved, it would create over 42,000 jobs, including a number in Texas. I am a strong supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and I am pleased this project will advance under this Administration – creating jobs and a healthier American economy.

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