I strongly believe that the United States’ dependence on foreign sources of energy is one of our greatest national security concerns, and that we cannot afford to halt or discourage domestic exploration. It is critical that we implement policies that support our economic, environmental, and security interests.
Unfortunately, this administration has launched a regulatory assault on America’s power sector, which threatens to destroy countless jobs and drive up the price of energy for American families and businesses. It is critical that all economic consequences and affected industries are considered as we develop solutions to make our nation more energy efficient and independent. Encouraging economic growth and getting Americans back to work remain two of my highest priorities.
Although EPA’s proposals remain at the directive of the Executive Branch, I will continue to support legislation in the House that bolsters economic growth and reduces burdensome regulations. Therefore, I will continue to be a strong proponent of an “all of the above” policy that protects Ohio’s energy supply and the jobs that rely on it. Not only will this approach create new American jobs, it will strengthen our national security, lower energy prices, and improve our energy independence. It is critical that we utilize all of our resources, including natural gas, clean coal, and American-sourced oil, as well as alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower.