Energy

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.
Two oil tankers came under a suspected attack Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, with one of them set ablaze, and the U.S. blamed Iran in what it called a campaign of “escalating tensions” in a region crucial to...
The LEADING Act will promote the continued use of natural gas so we can keep energy bills low, maintain U.S. energy security, and protect the environment all at the same time. 
In recent weeks, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has swiftly sued two companies over major fires at their Houston-area plants. It’s a dramatic departure from the state’s usual approach to environmental enforcement.
Yesterday on the floor I discussed the recent large industrial fire in Deer Park, Texas. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.The health effects from these chemicals are of grave concern, but...
The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the past decade — including one last month in Montana — that have faulted the U.S. for inadequate consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when approving oil, gas...
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their proposal to reform the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market, and to allow for year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol (E15).
Huawei has recently become the world’s largest maker of inverters - the sophisticated control systems that have allowed the rapid expansion of residential and utility scale energy production.  Both large-scale photovoltaic...
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and I recently visited EnerVest, Ltd. to participate in a roundtable with senior executives from various oil and gas companies. Following the roundtable, Sec. Perry and I toured BP Energy’...
I am pleased to see the EPA move forward with its policy of allowing for temporary hardship relief from its annual Renewable Volume Obligations. While renewable fuels play an important role in our country’s all-of-the-above...
A new report by research firm IHS Markit says oil production from the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico could more than double by 2023.
In addition to secretly storing blueprints for nuclear weapons and refusing to turn over materials related to their nuclear weapons program, now they have pushed the envelope so far on centrifuges that the cheating can no...
I am proud to announce that the Roy Hurd Memorial Airport in Monahans, Texas received $3,400,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide much-needed repairs to airport runways. Thrilled by the...
I led a letter to President Trump supporting his ‘maximum pressure strategy’ against Iran and urging him to refrain from renewing further sanctions exemptions to countries that are currently importing Iranian oil. 
Yesterday I discussed the upcoming vote on the Green New Deal, which would have disastrous effects for Texas and the country. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.We'll soon have an opportunity...
The fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company’s Deer Park petrochemical facilityhas been extinguished as of early Wednesday morning, according to a press release from the company.
Dark smoke from the fire continues to billow over the plant and can be seen for miles. Emergency officials said early Monday that no air quality readings from the fire "have exceeded action levels." 
Today, I joined the Department of Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, in hosting a roundtable with North Texas energy industry leaders on making America energy independent. 
The state is breaking records for electricity use at a time when power reserves have dropped.
While world leaders and CEOs of global companies are in town for the 2018 World Gas Conference, U.S. Representatives Denny Heck (WA-10) and I introduced the Protect European Energy Security Act. The bill requires the...
Last week the House passed a “minibus” appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2019, a $15 billion rescissions package, and a critical bill to curtail gang violence in our communities.

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