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 14th, 2016
A little known but controversial development, an environmental group is in the odd position of opposing land restoration on an old oilfield. The 400-acre parcel of land, called Banning Ranch, has had oil production since the...
May 16th, 2016
I worked with U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) to include language in the Appropriations Bill to assist the Port of Corpus Christi to compete for funding that will strengthen the port as a key player in the U.S....
February 5th, 2016
President Obama’s proposed tax on oil is an egregious tax hike on American families and an attack on American energy.
January 27th, 2016
he New York Times ran an op-ed last week extolling the virtues of a carbon tax by trying to poo-poo the idea that a tax on carbon emissions (which are produced by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas during...
January 12th, 2016
Washington, D.C. – The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology today approved the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (H.R.
December 14th, 2015
The recent climate agreement is nothing more a great betrayal of the middle class and poor here in the United States as the left will continue their war on fossil fuels while increasing the cost of energy.
December 9th, 2015
Yesterday, I examined the “inconvenient truth” surrounding the debate over how to interpret climate science data in a hearing titled “Data or Dogma?
December 2nd, 2015
I issued the following statement after voting to support two Senate-passed measures that block job-killing EPA regulations: the Congressional Disapproval of the EPA’s CO2 Rule for Existing Power Plants (S.J. Res. 24) and the...
November 3rd, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders may oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, but that doesn't mean either potential Democratic presidential nominee wants to be talking about it once their primary is settled.
June 13th, 2016
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...
March 18th, 2016
While the political campaigns are moving on, Obama's Stalinist tactics were on parade when Loretta Lynch confirmed that she's referring complaints to DOJ against oil companies for potential criminal prosecution.
February 2nd, 2016
Today, I held a hearing to examine the various scientific, economic and other policy issues surrounding President Obama’s recent pledge to the United Nations-led effort to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.
January 14th, 2016
While the Texas economy continues to show growth, oil field job cuts have pushed the growth rate to lower than the national rate of growth for the first time in thirteen years.
December 21st, 2015
This week, I voted on legislation to end the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, permanently allow Texans to deduct their state and local sales taxes, increase defense spending to combat ISIS and radical Islamic terror and...
December 14th, 2015
President Barack Obama’s legacy to fundamentally transform America was on the global stage the first two weeks of December in Paris, France at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His weapon was the...
December 6th, 2015
The first week of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France can be summed up in one word: nonsense.
November 6th, 2015
The president’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline is a win for environmental extremists, but a loss for Americans. Years of independent analysis have clearly shown the project would not exacerbate carbon pollution...
October 25th, 2015
A place carries a continuity of knowledge and passes it from generation to generation. How the place works, what makes it turn.When there’s disruption in this continuity, learning transpires by costly lessons of what the...
October 14th, 2015
America is now the world’s largest producer of oil and gas thanks to new drilling and extraction techniques. Texas plays a huge role. Last year, our State accounted for 37 percent of all crude oil produced domestically, with...