Congress should adopt policies and standards that recognize the clean coal advancements already made by our coal industry and we should incentivize additional investment in clean coal technologies. In Wyoming, we have important work under way in this regard at the University of Wyoming and the Dry Fork Power Station.
Congress must work to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxic Standards and the Regional Haze Rule and enact legislation that prohibits the regulation of CO2 as a pollutant. All of this is an important part of the overall need to significantly reduce the size, scope and authority of the EPA.
Equally important is ending federal government favoritism of renewable sources of energy. The Obama administration wasted tens of billions of taxpayer dollars in an unsuccessful effort to promote renewable sources of energy at the expense of our fossil fuels. The U.S. government should pursue an all‐of‐the above energy strategy on a level playing field. We should not be using taxpayer dollars to prop up unsustainable renewable fuel projects as they undermine and attempt to kill off America’s fossil fuel industry.
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I know it is also important that we repeal renewable energy mandates, including those imposed on the Department of Defense. Our military should not be forced to divert funds away from military capability to fulfill the legacy projects and renewable energy fantasies perpetrated by Democrats.
There is nothing more important to our country’s security and economy than the reliability of our energy. From our cell phones, computers and cars to our central air conditioning and electric fireplaces, America runs on energy. And a big chunk of our energy comes from coal. We must embrace a future that recognizes coal’s unique and long‐lasting contribution to our energy mix. Wyoming houses a national treasure and we stand ready to supply our nation with energy for many years to come.