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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 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. 

More on Energy

June 23, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Obama administration announced its decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve:

July 30, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) made the following statement after the House vote on H.R. 3534, the "CLEAR" Act:

June 26, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement today regarding H.R. 2454, the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill. 

"The President said it best: cap-and-trade legislation will cause utility rates to 'skyrocket,'" Congressman Cole said.  "The national energy tax the House passed today will cause energy prices to rise and it will force American manufacturers to relocate to other countries - countries with far less stringent environmental regulations than exist in the United States today."

June 16, 2009 Press Release

Bill would Lower Energy Costs and Invest in New Energy Sources

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) made the following statement today after becoming a co-sponsor of the American Energy Act.