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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 previous administrations, 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 committed to working 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

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.
January 9, 2015 News Stories

Newsmax - John Blosser

Just when gas prices at the pump finally are headed downward, leave it to Congress to start eyeing an opportunity to raise more money for highway infrastructure improvements by, you guessed it, raising the gasoline tax.

However, one influential member of Congress, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., thinks there are better ways to raise the needed money than by reaching into drivers' pockets at the filling station.

January 7, 2015 Speech
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) discussed the president’s failure to approve construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline with Congressman Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large) today during a Rules Committee meeting.
November 14, 2014 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5682, To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
June 26, 2014 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House passed three energy-related bills this week.
May 29, 2014 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Tom Cole (OK-04) introduced the Rural Wind Energy Development Act to provide an investment tax credit to ranchers, farmers, and small businesses to offset the up-front costs of owning a distributed wind turbine. This modest expansion of current law will keep small business energy jobs growing across the United States.
April 28, 2014 Weekly Columns

Last month, we surpassed 2,000 days since TransCanada first submitted its construction application for the Keystone XL pipeline. Unfortunately, even more recently, the State Department announced it will again postpone its decision on the project. After more than five years of delays, despite several studies revealing no noticeable impact on the environment, it is beyond frustrating that the Administration has again chosen to avoid making a decision.

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