Energy and Environment
With our country’s demand for energy growing rapidly each day, it is important to both meet that demand and protect our environment. We must responsibly meet our energy demands and protect our planet for future generations.
It is important to invest in and utilize renewable sources such as solar energy, wind, and hydropower to fill our country’s energy needs. While our ability to harness these resources has advanced greatly in the past decade, renewable energy sources still only make up a small percentage of America’s overall energy supply. Our national goal should be to expand the use of these resources so we can one day have a carbon-neutral energy supply. We must also face the reality that America is still in need of fossil fuels today.
The state of Texas is leading our country in energy production. As a Member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, I sit on the Energy Subcommittee where I’m working to encourage energy research and development to increase production from all sources, strengthen our nation’s energy independence, and lower energy production costs for families and businesses. Energy is an important issue and I believe Texas should continue serving as our nation’s energy capital.
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A handful of Texas Democrats backed Barton's push: U.S. Reps. Ruben Hinojosa of Edinburg, Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, Marc Veasey of Fort Worth and Filemon Vela of Brownsville.
"I wish that he wouldn't veto the bill, but we'll have to wait to see what happens," Veasey said of Obama's threat. "Energy security is very important."
Two noteworthy Democrats, however, did not support the repeal.
On Tuesday night, Cuellar said his agenda was to wrangle as many votes on the House floor from his Democratic colleagues as they voted on unrelated legislation. He is a key Democratic advocate for a repeal and his goal was to expand support from a base that includes U.S. Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, and Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth.
Oil companies including Chevron Corp., Encana Corp., and Continental Resources Inc.have for more than a year been urging Congress to lift the ban. They argue that allowing oil exports would eliminate market distortions, create jobs and stimulate more U.S.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers that includes Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, say they’ll attack the ban with repeal legislation after Congress returns from its summer recess on Sept. 8.