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Natural Resources

I care deeply for the well-being of our national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands. I believe that our natural resources are among our nation's greatest treasures, and Congress should work to ensure that the environment is preserved for future generations. However, I also believe that our country can and should responsibly use these resources to reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy and strengthen self-sufficiency in terms of the minerals that are essential to our economy and security.

I take protection of our natural resources seriously. Technology exists that allows energy extraction while providing safe habitats for wildlife and their ecosystems. We should take every precaution necessary to ensure contaminates do not harm the environment and maintain programs to manage our resources wisely, while working with landowners to ensure that their property rights are protected.

For Oklahomans, drought and water scarcity is part of our history. Investments in water infrastructure are critical to ensuring the availability and affordability of this critical resource. Doing so will ensure that water resources across the state are managed in a way to meet both our present needs and those of the many generations to come.


Regardless of political points of view, most Americans can agree that good stewardship of the earth and its precious resources is important. And I am always encouraged by the special efforts made by individuals, families and communities to do their part today to ensure a fruitful and beautiful world for generations to come. Certainly, there is an abundance of ideas about how we can take better care of the environment. Unfortunately, some of the latest proposals making headlines are unrealistic.

Most egregious, Democrats in both chambers of Congress rolled out their so-called “Green New Deal,” which is really socialism masking as environmentalism. Not surprisingly, the proposal comes with an astronomical price tag of up to $93 trillion over 10 years – harshly felt by hardworking American taxpayers. While I am always willing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find commonsense solutions for any issue, the Green New Deal is nonsensical, unworkable and simply a departure from reality.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), America was responsible for 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2014. In order to further reduce emissions, the radical Green New Deal calls for complete elimination of fossil fuels from the nation’s energy portfolio in 10 years or less – an unreasonable mandate that would be detrimental to local and state economies. In Oklahoma, where oil and natural gas production has shaped our economy since shortly before statehood, the impact of such a requirement would indeed be severe.

More on Natural Resources

July 14, 2005 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cole voted today for the Water Resources Development Act that will eliminate the obligation of Waurika Project Master Conservancy District to pay its outstanding debt incurred during the construction of a water conveyance project at Waurika Lake.
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.
April 21, 2005 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cole voted today for a bipartisan energy policy that will help decrease American's dependence on unstable foreign oil supplies and stimulate the national economy.
February 2, 2005 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole introduced legislation yesterday evening that will provide a tax credit for producing natural gas on-shore from a depth of more than 15,000 feet.
September 15, 2004 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – In an effort to make natural gas more affordable to American families, Congressman Tom Cole today introduced legislation aimed at increasing the supply of domestically produced natural gas.
June 25, 2004 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cole announced today that the Energy and Water Appropriations legislation passed today in the House included over $17 million in projects for Oklahoma.
March 24, 2004 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – To build upon the work of the Speaker's Natural Gas Task Force, Congressman Cole has been appointed to the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) by Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
September 30, 2003 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Cole reiterated the need for increased reliance on domestic energy to decrease price volatility and ensure affordable heat and natural gas prices now and in the future.
July 10, 2003 Press Release
Washington D.C. – To help ward off the potential natural gas crisis looming this fall and winter because of historically high prices and low inventories, Congressman Tom Cole, along with several of his colleagues, was appointed to a task force by U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) to address this escalating problem.