Our nation must develop an “all of the above” approach to domestic energy production so that we can grow our economy, add jobs, and advance towards North American energy independence. We must safely and responsibly develop the abundant energy sources that are plentiful in Western Pennsylvania, including coal and natural gas. Our approach should also allow for nuclear, solar, wind energy, and hydroelectric.
In order to harness all of these energy sources, we need to reduce the unnecessary government regulation that is results in higher energy prices and lost jobs. We need to begin by streamlining the Environmental Protection Agency’s permitting process and forcing federal agencies to take the full costs of their actions into account when adopting future regulations. We must also take steps to expedite the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, increase safe and responsible exploration and development of energy sources on federal lands, and reform trade rules to make it easier to export natural gas to our allies around the world.
An “all of the above” national energy strategy will improve our economic competitiveness and help create good paying middle class jobs. We can power our manufacturers, small businesses, schools, streetlights, and homes with safe and affordable energy produced right here in Western Pennsylvania.