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I was proud to support the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill that became law and repealed the crude oil export ban. This outdated policy, which was signed into law in the 1970’s, blocked American energy producers from being able to sell any of our abundant domestic oil to our allies and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
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the expanded definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act:
“Today’s decision from the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the WOTUS rule and restore some commonsense to our national regulatory system is good news for Texans,” Rep. Granger said. “The rule as expanded under the previous administration was a dramatic example of federal overreach and would have had devastating effects on our state.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger released the following statement after the passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 5303), which includes full funding authorization for the Trinity River Vision project.
“The Trinity River Vision is a transformational project that will improve the quality of life and livability of Fort Worth and the surrounding communities.
House Republicans are continuing to offer a bold, pro-growth agenda to help Americans hurt by the overregulation coming out of Washington, D.C. That is why I want to highlight the passage of a resolution this week to nullify the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States” rule that expands federal control over water nationwide.
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. energy industry will be able to create thousands of new jobs in America and provide a stable oil market to our allies around the world once it is freed from the outdated federal prohibition against exporting crude oil, Congresswoman Kay Granger said Friday.
Granger said she was proud to cast a vote to end the 40-year-old crude oil export prohibition, which was included in the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus Appropriations bill.
On Friday, the House will vote on H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. This legislation would approve construction of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a 645-page proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions on existing power plants. This EPA regulation would mandate that the country’s power plants collectively reduce by 30 percent below 2005 levels their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Last week, I voted to move the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline forward, joining Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass the Northern Route Approval Act (H.R.3).
This legislation, which I co-sponsored, eliminates the need for a presidential permit, says the Secretary of State’s Final Environmental Impact Statement from 2011 provides enough information about the safety of this pipeline, and limits legal challenges that could further delay the construction of this critical project.
For the month of August, Congress is out of session for an extended District Work Period. During this time, I have had the opportunity to visit various facilities, meet with community leaders, and speak with constituents representing a wide variety of groups, industries, and interests in the 12thdistrict.
The last time there was a drawdown of our oil supplies at the Strategic Petroleum Reserves was 2005, when Hurricane Katrina shut down 95 percent of crude oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. Yet in 2008 gas prices were above five dollars a gallon in many parts of the country, and the President opted not to open up the spigot simply to manipulate the market price of fuel.