My Position on Energy Independence
Before taking office, President Biden vowed to end American energy dominance, threatening our national security, causing pain at the pump, and increasing our dependency on foreign adversaries. Bad policies and unnecessary reliance on other countries for resources are fueling our domestic energy crisis. We need to protect our national security and unleash U.S. energy independence. As your Representative, I will always fight for pro-growth policies that boost our supply chains, energy independence, national security, and economic growth.
In Congress, I have:
- Supported H.Res 1101, legislation expressing support for the expansion of domestic nuclear energy production and advanced nuclear technology as a viable source of power to reestablish energy independence.
- Co-sponsored H.R. 6235, the Strategic Production Response Act, legislation to develop a plan to increase oil and gas production under oil and gas leases of Federal lands.
- Co-sponsored H.R. 7298, the Promoting Energy Independence and Transparency Act, legislation to hold the Biden Administration accountable for their consequential delays in the domestic energy permitting and leasing process.
- Co-sponsored H.R. 684, the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act, legislation to authorize the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline to construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline facilities in Montana, for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.
- Co-sponsored H.R. 6858, the American Independence from Russia Act, legislation to ensure the President unlocks America’s energy potential instead of turning to authoritarian regimes around the world to help lower oil prices.
- Co-sponsored H.R. 2705, the Natural Gas Export Expansion Act, legislation to build on the work of the previous administration by cutting the red tape and regulations that delay and prevent private companies from exporting liquid natural gas to countries around the globe will have a myriad of benefits—from reducing global emissions to promoting gas capture, and most importantly, bolstering national security for the United States and our allies.
- Co-sponsored H.R. 4781, the POWER Act of 2021, legislation to prevent President Biden from enacting his radical no-drilling agenda and ensure that clean, safe energy development on federal lands can continue to work to the benefit of our communities.
- Co-sponsored H.R. 2046, the Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in Europe Act of 2021, legislation to take away Russia’s geopolitical weapon by sanctioning the Nord Stream II pipeline and expanding American natural gas exports. Helping our allies quickly obtain American energy resources loosens Putin’s economic and political grip on the region.
- Sent a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee stating that the Keystone XL Pipeline is infrastructure and urging them to include language to authorize the pipeline in any infrastructure package considered.
- Sent a letter to President Biden asking that his administration reverse their plea to OPEC countries in hopes that they will increase oil production. We must increase the production of U.S. oil and gas to become energy independent and more competitive on the global stage by doing such things as completing the Keystone Pipeline.
- Sent a letter to the Energy Secretary and Commerce Secretary highlighting the importance of exporting crude oil and asking questions about the economic impact, national security implications, and aggregate effect of carbon emissions of this potential policy decision.
To see a full list of legislation sponsored and supported by Congressman Owens, click here.