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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 incentivize consumers to use renewable and alternative fuels.

Hampering domestic energy production is not the path towards a robust economy and job growth. Under the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked to formulate a national plan to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Such drastic changes in energy policy would have had damaging consequences on our economy, including a dramatic increase in electricity prices. I am pleased to be working with the Trump Administration to roll back these disastrous policies and replace them with commonsense regulations that will protect our environment, while not hurting small energy producing companies that help promote Oklahoma’s economy.

More on Energy

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.

September 23, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) responded to Hillary Clinton’s public opposition to construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
May 1, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016.
February 24, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Barack Obama vetoed legislation sent by Congress to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
February 11, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. This Senate-passed legislation would force construction approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and remove the presidential permit requirement. In light of today’s passage in the House, the bill will be sent to the president’s desk for consideration.
January 12, 2015 Weekly Columns

Despite claims that he wants to work with the new Congress and enact positive reforms for the American people, President Obama certainly isn’t starting off the year in a way that reflects such intentions. By already threatening to veto any legislation on Keystone XL that makes it to his desk, the president is choosing environmental extremists over hardworking Americans who would benefit from the thousands of jobs created. 

January 9, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. Passage of this legislation marks the 10th time that the House has voted to remove the presidential permit requirement that has prevented TransCanada from starting construction of the northern route of the pipeline.

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