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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.

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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.

October 27, 2008 Weekly Columns
There's no time in our lives when we are more acutely aware of our dependence on energy than during a power outage. If and when a blackout occurs, most of us find our everyday lives grinding to a halt.
September 23, 2008 Weekly Columns
Time is running out - that is, the amount of time Congress has left to tackle a host of looming issues before the end of its legislative calendar. Last week, House Democrats approved a sham energy bill that locked up more of our American energy resources under the auspices of "real" energy reform.
August 11, 2008 Weekly Columns
Last week I was pleased to host an energy summit in Norman with experts from across the state who shared their ideas and insights about Oklahoma's current energy situation and how our state can continue to be among the nation's leaders when it comes to energy innovation.
August 4, 2008 Weekly Columns
While citizens across the country go bargain-hunting for the “cheapest” gas prices in their areas, Speaker Pelosi and other members of House leadership have collectively put up their “will return after 5-weeks vacation” signs.
May 23, 2008 Weekly Columns
As each day goes by, Americans feel the growing pressure caused by steadily increasing energy prices. Oil is nearing $130 a barrel and gasoline is hovering around $4 per gallon nationally.
September 23, 2005 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole was appointed to the Gas Price Task Force yesterday by House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.). This task force will be dedicated to immediate action to ease the widespread fuel supply crisis occurring throughout much of the nation.
May 25, 2005 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cole announced today that the Energy and Water Appropriations legislation passed yesterday in the House included over $13 million in projects for Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District, including $1 million for the single-walled carbon nanotubes project at the University of Oklahoma that was included by Congressman Cole.

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