Energy and Environment
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I was proud to support the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill that became law and repealed the crude oil export ban. This outdated policy, which was signed into law in the 1970’s, blocked American energy producers from being able to sell any of our abundant domestic oil to our allies and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.
More on Energy and Environment
Since coming to Congress I have worked on a prominent urban waterfront project called Trinity River Vision. Recently, I have been asked questions about a funding issue regarding this project. Please pass this on should you hear of anyone who needs clarification.
“The TRV Project has increased my water bill.”
Six years ago, the City of Fort Worth added a “Storm Water Fee” to the City water bill. Not a single cent of that fee goes to the TRV project. The fee is to make improvements to the drainage system throughout the entire city.
Texas has experienced one of the worst wildfire seasons in recent history, with over 400 homes destroyed and 2.2 million acres burned. As a state, we have one of the best disaster response teams in the country and our efforts have been effective. However, even a state as organized as Texas has its limits.
We are all feeling pain at the pump. In Texas, the average price per gallon of gasoline is $3.77, and by Memorial Day, it is predicted to surpass the all time national high of $4.11. Our inability to expand domestic energy production has made the most necessary tasks more expensive. Grocery shopping, picking the kids up at school, and going to work are all costing more.