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The American Energy Renaissance Act

On Thursday, Congressman Jim Bridenstine and I introduced complementary legislation, S. 2170 and H.R. 4286, to empower the private sector to create good-paying, American jobs and spur economic growth by harnessing our nation’s energy resources and removing federal impediments to energy exploration, development and trade. These bills will also provide a real reset of our foreign policy so we are no longer beholden to unfriendly nations for our energy needs, and can use our own resources to exert our influence around the globe, notably in Ukraine.   Read more »

at Mar 29, 2014 1:39 PM

Congressman Neugebauer Criticizes EPA Power Grab

I released the following statement today criticizing a draft rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would dramatically expand the agency’s jurisdiction. The rule redefines what constitutes “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

This is a power-grab, plain and simple. The EPA’s role is to ensure the

at Mar 25, 2014 5:04 PM

EPA Scientific Review Panel Lacks Independence

As Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today raising serious concerns about the agency’s scientific advisory processes. The letter highlights potential conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency within EPA’s supposedly independent scientific panel charged with reviewing what could be the most expensive regulation in history. By EPA’s own cost estimate, lowering ozone standards to the range being discussed by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Ozone Review Panel could cost nearly $100 billion per year.   Read more »

at Mar 19, 2014 11:37 AM

Experts Questioned on EPA Regulations and Job Loss

As a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I questioned witnesses at a joint hearing held by the Subcommittees on Energy and Environment. The hearing focused on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules on carbon capture and storage for new power plants. I questioned witnesses on how the EPA’s actions will affect consumers, businesses, and economic growth.   Read more »

at Mar 17, 2014 10:12 AM

Stop EPA Attack on Affordable Electricity

Economic growth depends on job creators, not federal regulators. We need to increase access to affordable energy, not take energy options off the table. By requiring carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that doesn’t even exist, the EPA’s new power plant proposal effectively bans new coal power. There is no coal power plant anywhere in the world that can meet the EPA’s radical proposal.

What’s equally troubling is that the EPA is planning to require this same, unproven technology for new natural gas power. This amendment stops the EPA’s attack on natural gas. It prevents the EPA from using make-believe technologies when setting standards. Only in Washington can you call something ‘adequately demonstrated’ that doesn’t even exist.

at Mar 7, 2014 11:25 AM

We need a Great American Energy Renaissance to save us from the Obama Economy

This week, I held a press conference at the Spindletop Museum in Beaumont to discuss ideas to promote energy development and boost the economy.

Restoring jobs and economic growth is the number one priority for Americans and we have a clear path before us to do exactly that. A Great American Energy Renaissance is now underway that we should embrace.   Read more »

at Feb 21, 2014 12:12 PM

Ryan Sitton Brings Oil and Gas Background to Texas Railroad Commission Race

With today opening the first day of early voting, there is a hotly contested race for Texas Railroad Commissioner with the Republican candidates being Ryan Sitton, an oil and gas engineer and successful business owner; Wayne Christian, former State Representative; Malachi Boyuls, an attorney; and Becky Berger, a geologist. The Railroad Commission of Texas is the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, and therefore, has an effect on creating energy jobs. Ryan Sitton is a candidate with a strong foundation of industry background and experience with job creation. Sitton will take his oil and gas experience and knowledge to the Railroad Commission, which along with his

at Feb 18, 2014 4:17 PM

Congressman Smith Co-Sponsors Bill to Prohibit EPA from Using Secret Science

As Chair the House Science Committee, I co-sponsored the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4012), a bill to prohibit the EPA from proposing regulations based upon science that is not transparent or not reproducible. The bill was introduced by Environment Subcommittee Chairman David Schweikert (R-Ariz.).

Virtually every regulation proposed by the Obama administration has

at Feb 6, 2014 6:33 PM

Protecting the Second Amendment

This week, the House passed legislation that protects our Second Amendment rights and ensures that public lands can continue to be used for hunting and fishing. With my support, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 3590) passed the House by a vote of 268 to 154.

This Administration has a long track record of basing its environmental

at Feb 6, 2014 2:36 PM

EPA Should Allow Texas Flexibility to Regulate

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee today held a hearing to focus on the scientific justification and cumulative impacts of regulations, policies and practices promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their effects on state sovereignty. The hearing specifically focused on Texas as a case study.

The devastating impact of EPA’s overreach can be felt from state houses to farmhouses across the nation. Americans are tired of the red tape that hampers economic growth. EPA’s regulatory ambitions threaten states’ rights and intrude on the every-day lives of our citizens. State regulators know how to protect the environment within their borders better than federal employees in Washington D.C. Even with the nation’s largest industrial sector, Texas had made vast improvements

at Feb 5, 2014 1:12 PM


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