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.
July 16th, 2019
Today on the floor, I highlighted the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s passage of my Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas (LEADING) Act, legislation that...
June 26th, 2019
I urge Administrator Wheeler and the administration to stand with hardworking refinery workers across this country and continue enacting policies that promote greater energy independence.
June 3rd, 2019
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...
May 14th, 2019
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...
April 8th, 2019
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.
March 26th, 2019
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...
March 20th, 2019
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.
March 18th, 2019
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."
August 27th, 2018
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.
July 23rd, 2018
The state is breaking records for electricity use at a time when power reserves have dropped.
June 28th, 2019
Is wind turbine electricity even “green”? A number of very credible studies, according to Forbes Magazine, asserts that the actual costs of generating wind power is three times the cost of using natural gas to make the same...
June 13th, 2019
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...
May 29th, 2019
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.
April 8th, 2019
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.
March 28th, 2019
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...
March 21st, 2019
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...
March 20th, 2019
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).
February 25th, 2019
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...
July 31st, 2018
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’...
July 3rd, 2018
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...