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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma


America is a country rich in energy resources and emerging technologies, and I support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that encourages domestic production, reduces our dependency on foreign oil and explores alternative energy solutions.

Oil and natural gas production has shaped Oklahoma’s economy since shortly after statehood, and it continues to do so today. While I am supportive of our traditional energy producers and protective of the thousands they employ, I have also supported tax credits that promote renewable energy development—like wind power—and incentivizes consumers to use renewable and alternative fuels. In addition, I believe that expediting the permitting process for liquefied natural gas exports (LNG) and lifting the 40 year-old ban on crude oil exports is essential to ensuring independence from foreign oil suppliers. We achieved that objective in the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2016. 

Hampering domestic energy production is not the path towards a robust economy and job growth. Unfortunately, in recent years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been busy formulating a national plan to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Such drastic changes in energy policy would have damaging consequences for our economy, including a dramatic increase in electricity prices. As a former member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, I have worked with my colleagues to cut EPA funding more than 20 percent, cut back staff to 1989 levels and stop regulatory overreach. 

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July 9, 2019 Weekly Columns

Regardless of political points of view, most Americans can agree that good stewardship of the earth and its precious resources is important. And I am always encouraged by the special efforts made by individuals, families and communities to do their part today to ensure a fruitful and beautiful world for generations to come.

April 16, 2019 Weekly Columns
It’s now been more than 100 days since Democrats have held the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. And from day one, House Democrats have misused that majority by playing political games, casting show votes and embracing radical ideas—instead of working in a bipartisan manner to craft legislation that can realistically become law in divided government.
July 27, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018. The bill is a consolidated spending package that combines funding for the Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water and the Legislative Branch Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018. It passed in the House by a vote of 235-192.
December 8, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President-Elect Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt has served as the Oklahoma Attorney General since 2010.
June 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after a federal judge ruled against the Department of the Interior’s standards for hydraulic fracking. The standards, released last year, would impose strict regulations against fracking on federal lands, where a large percentage of U.S. oil and natural gas derives from.

January 9, 2016 News Stories

Tulsa World Opinion - By Harold Hamm

Oklahomans should applaud the members of our state’s congressional delegation who voted to pass the omnibus bill, which lifted the 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports and set the stage for a market recovery.

November 11, 2015 News Stories

Ada News - Eric Swanson

President Barack Obama’s decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline project doesn’t stand up under scrutiny, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said Tuesday.

“Every study we’ve had indicates that it’s safer, cheaper and more efficient to use the pipeline than to transport the oil or by rail or by truck,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “And it’s also diplomatically insulting to a country (Canada) that’s one of our very best friends in the world, a dependable ally that we’ve fought with together for a hundred years in different parts of the globe.”

November 6, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced rejection of TransCanada’s request to build the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada first submitted its construction request to the U.S. State Department on September 19, 2008.
November 6, 2015 News Stories

Norman Transcript - Joy Hampton 

Norman’s environmental activists are all smiles since President Barack Obama announced the rejection of TransCanada’s request to build the Keystone XL pipeline. While others say the decision is bad for the American economy, environmentalists are celebrating the victory as a win for the long term health of the nation and of Oklahoma which would serve as a hub for the pipeline in the Cushing area.

September 29, 2015 Weekly Columns

After nearly five years of refusing to state her opinion on the construction of the Keystone pipeline, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally broke her silence by declaring her opposition. In so doing, she also called the discussion of the pipeline a “distraction from important work we have to do on climate change…one that interferes with our ability to move forward with all the other issues.” I believe she is wrong on both counts.