Energy demand is growing in the United States. In order to meet the energy needs of the future, it is critical that we develop an all-of-the-above energy strategy that incorporates renewable resources as well as responsible development of fossil fuels.
I recently introduced the Planning for American Energy Act, which is a bill that would set us on the path toward creating an all-of-the-above energy strategy by requiring the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior to develop forward-looking energy plans that include all resources: wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals.
We will need to make significant investments in energy infrastructure in order to make an all-of-the-above energy future a reality, but the current permitting process for energy infrastructure is a spider web of regulations that often prevents important projects from moving forward.
We recently passed two bills in the House of Representatives to address the permitting process for natural gas and oil pipelines. The two bills, the Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act (H.R. 2910) and the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act (H.R. 2883), centralize permitting authority within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Too often, energy infrastructure projects get held up in the permitting process for years, even decades. The cost of the project grows and there is no certainty that it will ever be approved. The result? Fewer companies are inclined to build the infrastructure we’ll need to meet future energy demands.
The Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act would address part of this problem by requiring any federal agency that is participating in an infrastructure project to either deny or approve a permit within 90 days of FERC completing its review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Another issue that has prevented energy infrastructure projects from moving forward is the lack of any standardized permit process for international projects – projects that cross from the U.S. into Canada or Mexico. Currently, the approval process for international projects follows Executive Order precedent, which can be highly subjective. The lack of certainty hurts U.S. energy infrastructure.
The Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act creates a streamlined, standardized process within FERC for permitting cross-border projects. The bill would also give the Secretary of Energy the authority to approve electric transmission facility projects.
Both of the bills we passed last week are not only critical to U.S. energy security, but they will also help support good-paying jobs in Colorado. The Western Energy Alliance reports that responsible oil and gas development in the Third Congressional District alone supports over 7,800 direct and indirect jobs, totaling over $820 million in wages and over $2.2 billion in total economic output. Sustaining these jobs and their resulting economic output requires investments in energy infrastructure.
While we still have a long way to go, we’ve already seen progress from efforts to simplify and streamline federal regulations. I’m committed to ensuring our regulatory process supports the infrastructure investments we’ll need to create an all-of-the-above energy future and grow good-paying jobs in the United States.
For 241 years, Americans have demonstrated their passion for living in a country founded on protecting “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” by celebrating Independence Day. This tradition is a celebration of the actions our founding fathers took when they declared that our new nation would be independent from the tyrannical crown of England. Since then, the United States has overcome periods of adversity and made remarkable contributions to the rest of world, all in an effort to preserve our way of life.
On the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, President Calvin Coolidge shared the significance of Independence Day. In his speech he stated, “It is not so much, then, for the purpose of undertaking to proclaim new theories and principles that this annual celebration is maintained, but rather to reaffirm and reestablish those old theories and principles which time and the unerring logic of events have demonstrated to be sound.”
Ninety one years later, Coolidge’s timeless quote continues to serve as a reminder that since our founding, our nation has remained committed to its core principles. While technological and societal advances continue to push the boundaries of our achievements, the one thing that remains unaltered is our nation’s commitment to uphold the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence.
As we share this holiday with our friends and families, it is important to also remember the ones who have made sacrifices for our freedom. Just as our founding fathers relied on citizens to draw arms against the British forces in order to win our independence, we ask men and women to engage in selfless service to this country.
As terrorist groups continue to perpetrate evil acts around the world, many uniformed service-members are deployed overseas and are unable to be with their loved ones right now. It is because of these brave men and women that we are able to celebrate Independence Day out of harm’s way.
I am thankful every day to have the privilege of living in the United States. From my family to yours: Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
For too long, the U.S. has operated with no comprehensive plan for meeting the inevitable increased demand for energy created by both traditional and renewable resources. As the energy economy continues to evolve, we must develop a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that will ensure both U.S. energy security and affordable power for American families well into the future.
As a member of Congress, I have the unique opportunity to visit the memorials dedicated to fallen service members that are just a short distance from the Capitol building. Across the Potomac River, Arlington National Cemetery serves as the final resting place for hundreds of thousands of men and women who served in the armed services. Each day I work in Washington, I am reminded that the privilege we have of living in a free society has been paid by so many who have selflessly sacrificed their lives in service to their country. Memorial Day offers an important opportunity for us to reflect and pay our respects to those who have given all.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created by the Dodd-Frank Act as an independent agency within the Federal Reserve System, with the purpose of regulating consumer financial products. The core mission of the CFPB, protecting consumers from bad actors, is important, but we should all be concerned about the unconstitutional structure of the Bureau.
The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations recently held a hearing to examine the structure of the CFPB. As vice chairman of this subcommittee, I had the opportunity to speak with our panel of witnesses about the ways that the CFPB is wholly unaccountable to Congress.
We recently held our organizational meeting in the Natural Resources Committee, which gave members an opportunity to discuss their priorities for the next two years and vote on committee rules and procedures.
Since arriving in Congress, much of my focus has been on the many natural resources issues that impact the Third Congressional District on a daily basis. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop has a deep understanding of these issues, and I am looking forward to working with him to get some of our district’s priorities over the finish line.
These priorities include bills like the Water Rights Protection Act, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act, and the Planning for American Energy Act, which are all bills I am looking forward to re-introducing in the 115th Congress.
Water policy is a critical issue for the state of Colorado. The farming and ranching community, the ski industry and countless others rely on Colorado’s precious water for their livelihoods. In the 114th Congress, I fought the federal government’s attempts to circumvent state water law with the Water Rights Protection Act. Language from the bill passed the House three times last Congress, and I am hopeful that we’ll see the bill signed into law in the next year.
The bark beetle epidemic has destroyed over 2.9 million acres in Colorado and put our forests at high risk for catastrophic wildfires. We must do more to actively manage and protect our forests. I was pleased that language from my bill, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act, passed the House as part of the Resilient Federal Forests Act last Congress. This bill passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry in September 2016, but unfortunately, it was not brought to the Senate floor for a vote before the session ended. I am hopeful we will see this bill signed into law during the 115th Congress, so the state of Colorado will be able to better protect its communities from devastating wildfires on National Forest System lands.
We’re blessed in Colorado to have abundant natural resources, open spaces and scenic beauty. In the Third District, our energy portfolio includes traditional energy resources like natural gas, oil and clean coal, as well as renewable sources like wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal energy. I firmly believe that we must implement an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which I outlined in the Planning for American Energy Act. This bill has passed the House twice, and I am looking forward to working on policies to advance responsible domestic energy production as a member of the Subcommittee on Mineral and Energy Resources.
As Chairman Bishop said during our organizational meeting, over the next few months our focus will be on analyzing and developing infrastructure proposals that fall within the committee’s jurisdiction and lowering the regulatory burden that so many of our families, small businesses and communities face.
We have important work in front of us, and I hope to hear from you along the way. Please don’t hesitate to share your feedback, thoughts or concerns with me and my team. You can write to us through my website, www.tipton.house.gov, or call us at any of our offices.
A recent analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute showed that for every law Congress passed in 2016, the Obama administration issued 18 rules and regulations. With a total of 3,853 last year, the administration issued the most rules and regulations since 2005.
When done right, rules and regulations play an important role in keeping our communities safe and secure. But over the past several years, we’ve seen a breakdown in the balance of power between our three branches of government that has led to harmful over-regulation.
This is why we’ve worked in the House to set the stage for rolling back harmful over-regulation and restoring the balance of power between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. We recently passed two bills that will accomplish these goals: the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21) and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, or REINS, Act (H.R. 26).
Throughout my time in Congress, I have had the privilege of meeting many veterans from across the 3rd Congressional District and hearing fascinating stories detailing their military service and their contributions to communities across Colorado.
Pueblo is among my favorite places to visit in our district. The city is a melting pot of different cultures, and it has a rich history that is filled with memories of the still-active 135-year-old steel mill. Perhaps most importantly, the people of Pueblo have a long tradition of selfless service to our nation.
I recently asked over 100,000 people across the 3rd Congressional District if they thought today’s kids are on track to be better off than their parents. Of those who responded, nearly 78 percent said no. This sentiment isn’t unique to Colorado. An August 2016 Gallup Poll revealed that 72 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States.
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