In Congress I will fight to:
• Produce more American energy and energy-jobs
• Improve energy efficiency
• Stop our dependence upon foreign oil
The good news is that current energy policies create jobs. The bad news is that most of these jobs are held by foreign workers in foreign countries.
Home to some of the nation’s top petrochemical facilities and workers, Louisiana also provides up to one-third of the oil and natural gas consumed in America.
But, we are poised to help contribute even more towards U.S. energy independence if we could remove federal obstacles, cut red tape and taxes, allow people who understand energy and resources to guide policy decisions and keep the government from distorting energy markets. From blocking the Keystone XL pipeline to upholding a moratorium on offshore exploration, misguided policy decisions have handcuffed our ability to create thousands of jobs here at home and have instead created job growth in other countries - like Venezuela and Iran – that do not share American interests or values. At the same time, we have seen gasoline prices spike from less than $2.00/gallon when Obama took office to nearly $3.50 today. This type of government overregulation is bad for consumers, bad for Louisiana and bad for the United States.