An “all of the above” approach to energy issues is what’s needed in a changing world. Oil and gas power the world. That’s reality. So, any change in how our energy demands are met needs to be market-driven and not dictated by Washington bureaucrats. Texas is a major oil and gas producer but we’re also number one in wind energy, for example. That innovation was brought about by free market thinking, not big government intervention.
October 28th, 2020
This is not a plea intended for anyone with MAGA gear! I feel pretty confident those folks have revealed their voting preferences. Instead, this is a plea to someone who cannot stand Donald Trump and has decided he is not...
September 24th, 2020
Our greatest drivers of change weren’t, and aren’t, government regulations. We don’t need top-down mandates to reduce emissions – we need bottom-up solutions.
July 31st, 2020
A company owned by a member of the Chinese Communist Party — Guanghui Energy Company — may gain access to our power grid through a large wind farm in the Devil’s River Areas of West Texas, and the federal government is not...
June 24th, 2020
Throughout this pandemic, the Senate has been working to deliver targeted relief to Americans who need it most, and there’s no doubt many in the energy industry have been hanging by a thread. These reforms will allow Texas’...
April 30th, 2020
With oil prices nosediving by nearly 70 percent and global demand collapsed, the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on America's energy producers. To make matters worse, financial institutions and lenders have limited...
April 21st, 2020
Along with U.S. Representative Michael Conaway (TX-11), I recently wrote Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao advocating for the approval of the Texas Department Transportation’s (TxDOT) application for...
March 27th, 2020
Officials responsible for ensuring the reliable supply of electricity to Texans have successfully adapted to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 health crisis, says the Texas Senate committee chairman responsible for...
March 2nd, 2020
Houston is the energy capital of the world that’s poised to be the energy innovation capital of the world. When it comes to solving climate change, Texas is ready with the cheer across the gym during Spirit Week: “We’ve...
December 3rd, 2019
Yesterday I issued the following statement applauding the Senate's confirmation of Dan Brouillette to be U.S. Secretary of Energy.
October 26th, 2020
He's not only not a friend of the industry. He's not a friend of the people who count on the domestic energy industry for their jobs, the hundreds of thousands of people.
September 11th, 2020
As our nation continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest, we still have a broader global threat to be concerned about: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
July 15th, 2020
If you need more evidence that Democrats have abandoned the hard working men and women of this country, look no further than Biden's out of touch energy plan.
May 12th, 2020
I recently announced that more than $94 million has been awarded to Texas through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
April 22nd, 2020
There is a stunning side-effect to the shutting down of the world’s economic engines.Simply put, we are living through an historic experiment to see what the elimination of fossil fuel would actually accomplish in terms of...
April 10th, 2020
The OPEC oil cartel and nations including Russia have agreed to boost oil prices by cutting as much as 10 million barrels a day in production. Even more countries, including the United States, were discussing Friday their...
March 18th, 2020
Crude oil prices have plunged 45% so far in March and are at the lowest level since 2002. The energy market has been slammed by a slump in demand because of the virus pandemic and a price war between some of the world’s...
February 21st, 2020
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and the rest of the Democratic Party have officially declared war on America’s booming, blue-collar economy.
November 14th, 2019
As member of the Joint Economic Committee, on Wednesday I participated in a hearing with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. There, I questioned Chairman Powell on a number of issues including the devastating...
October 18th, 2019
I’m sad to learn that Secretary Rick Perry is leaving his post at the Department of Energy. For two-and-a-half years, he has advocated for American energy and innovation, prioritizing both national security and a strong...