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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 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

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.

March 12, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) highlighted the need for President Obama to approve TransCanada’s construction application for the Keystone XL pipeline. Today marks 2,000 days since the application was first submitted. If approved, the project would create around 42,100 jobs in America during construction.

May 23, 2013 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Chris Casteel

The Republican-controlled U.S. House voted 241-175 on Wednesday to require the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Nebraska. The vote was symbolic since the U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats, is not likely going to consider the House bill. The U.S. State Department is currently analyzing TransCanada’s proposal to build the pipeline, and it’s not known when a decision will be announced.

May 23, 2013 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Chris Casteel

May 22, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement supporting today’s passage of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act.
April 8, 2013 Weekly Columns

If only President Obama would take his approach to energy production and apply it to the national debt, we’d be down to 2007 levels in no time. According to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), his administration’s policies have caused production on federal lands to plummet.

October 22, 2012 Weekly Columns

In a recent speech, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the case that energy policy plays a crucial role in both America's national security and our economic security.  Speaking at Georgetown University on October 18, Secretary Clinton stated, "Today, energy cuts across the entirety of U.S. foreign policy. It is a matter of national security and global stability. It is at the heart of the global economy."  Clinton emphasized that "energy is essential to how we will power our economy and manage our environment in the 21st century."

August 27, 2012 Weekly Columns

The media may no longer be paying attention to gas prices, but the American people are fully aware that fuel costs are on the rise again.  The $3.72 national average gas price recorded on August 20 was the highest ever observed on that date.  Prices have risen 9 percent over the past few months, making 2012 the most expensive year ever for drivers.  According to USA Today, industry experts predict average prices could rise as high as $3.90 and remain above $3.00 even into autumn.