Energy & Environment
American energy is the fuel that drives our economy and our way of life. That is why I support a free-market, all-of-the-above approach to harness our vast natural resources and keep prices low for American families. Preserving the freedom of every American to pursue happiness through energy production means more jobs, lower gas prices and cheaper home electric bills. By opening more areas for production, rolling back creativity-stifling regulations and reforming our tax code, the federal government can expand the energy renaissance we are already seeing on private lands to public lands across our entire economy. Most importantly, when Americans are free to dream and innovate, they will always find safer, cleaner, cheaper, and more efficient ways to produce and use energy.
As Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, I have worked to pass legislation designed to create the best possible climate for new jobs, lower energy prices, and open up access to responsible energy development on public lands. I have also used this platform, on numerous occasions, to hold administration officials accountable through public hearings, demands for documents, and by issuing subpoenas.
Major Energy Legislation
Overriding WOTUS would end this regulatory overreach, preserve Congress’ right to determine the scope of the Clean Water Act, and maintain the successful federal-state partnership to regulate the Nation’s waters. I maintain that states should control the right to regulate their own waters, and I will continue to support efforts to override the president's veto.
H.R. 3844 – Energy and Minerals Reclamation Foundation Establishment Act
H.R. 3734 – Mining Schools Enhancement Act
For in-depth description of the 2015 mining legislation, read my op-ed in the Denver Post.Sponsored and Cosponsored Energy Legislation
H.R. 161 - Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act
H.R. 287 - American Job Creation and Strategic Alliances LNG Act
H.R. 703 - Renewable Fuel Standard Elimination Act
H.R. 3880 - Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2015
H.R. 2042 - Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015
H.R. 1869 - Environmental Compliance Cost Transparency Act of 2015
H.R. 1830 - Water Rights Protection Act
H.R. 1937 - National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015