As Secretary of Energy, I lead a Department that has developed some of the world's most astonishing and significant innovations.
"Energy 2019: Bipartisan thought leadership on how to power America — and the world" is a Special Advertising Supplement to The Washington Times.
Just as energy independence is fundamental to our nation's security, reducing our dependence upon foreign countries for critical minerals is vital to our nation's long-term interests. Prior to the Trump Administration, the policies coming out of Washington were marginalizing the energy, manufacturing and mining industries and, as a result, ultimately diminishing our country's security. Those days are over.
In 2018, global energy demand grew at its fastest pace in nearly a decade — roughly two times as fast as the average growth rate since 2010.
The amount of money that business travel contributes to the U.S. economy is staggering.
Americans are flying more than ever before, with a record number of people projected to travel with U.S. airlines this year. Many of those passengers know that our fares have never been lower. But what they probably don't know is that our planes have never been greener.
America's energy dominance is now unquestionable. No other nation produces, consumes and exports as much energy of as many different types, delivered as efficiently and cleanly to as many people, across as large an area, as we do. This incredible reality stands defiantly against the pessimistic predictions of yesteryear — that desperation and constraint, not abundance and flexibility, would characterize our future.
I became Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee after serving on the committee for the past eight years. Over the last eight months, we have held 26 full committee hearings and heard from a wide array of subject matter experts including the former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, West Virginia business owners and Dr. Brian Anderson, the director of the National Energy and Technology Laboratory. Each hearing offered a unique perspective on the energy challenges facing our country both today and in the years to come.
The urgency to mitigate climate change has pushed many to propose radical alterations to how humans exist on the planet. Some see the rapid abandonment of fossil fuels as essential to climate goals. This opinion certainly is at the core of the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) earlier this year — and supported by some Democratic presidential candidates.
I believe climate change is real.
In my state, you don't have to tell our farmers about climate change — they look out at rain-soaked fields and see the changing weather patterns. The rising frequency of "intense" rainstorms in Minnesota is also overwhelming infrastructure in riverfront communities.
We are clearly in the heyday of oil and gas production in the United States. After years and years of fighting the liberal war on fossil fuels, we can say that, with President Donald Trump, it is a new day in America and the future is bright. Crude oil exports are up over 550 percent and liquefied natural gas exports are up over 100 percent since 2016 — breaking output records and leading to unprecedented economic growth and low energy costs for consumers across America.
Even in these partisan times, and even on topics like the environment and energy that are so caught up in politics, there are some promising areas where progress can be made. One is energy efficiency. Done right, more efficient use of energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions, grows the economy and reduces costs for taxpayers. It makes sense.
Scientific advancement benefits from more information, discussion and debate rather than less. With that in mind, The Heartland Institute is hosting public forums on climate change, beginning with livestreamed sessions Sept. 23, 2019, in New York City. Heartland has invited prominent man-made climate crisis advocates Kevin Trenberth, Michael Mann, Donald Wuebbles, Katharine Hayhoe, Brenda Ekwurzel and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to participate in the New York event.
As extreme temperatures become more common, as air pollution rises and as global energy demands increase, the facts remain clear: Our climate is changing and, without bold action on energy, our future is uncertain.
In just over two-and-a-half years, we have seen a boon in American energy production. On the one hand, that should not be much of a surprise. As Republican nominee, Donald Trump promised as much. But on the other hand, the rise in American-generated power has not been as much from oil and gas as Trump supporters, and even some opponents, would expect.
In the past three years of pro-growth Republican policies under President Trump's leadership, we have reversed much of the economic damage done by the Obama administration and unleashed the incredible potential of American energy resources. By exploring all forms of energy — from oil and gas to coal, nuclear and other renewable energy — and by instituting responsible regulatory reform, America has become a leading energy producer and is fast becoming the global leader in energy exports.
Have you ever read a news story and asked yourself, "Is this for real"? I had that experience when I recently read that a major proponent of the Green New Deal said she woke up in the middle of the night with anxiety about climate change. She believes taxpayers need to just "bite the bullet" and go along with the plan.
Two years ago, the Washington Times published an opinion article that I wrote about rethinking ethanol mandates. Under provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) enacted in conjunction with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, refiners are required to blend ethanol into gasoline. If their product does not contain 10 percent ethanol, they must purchase credits to offset the shortfall. The RFS also addresses "renewable" fuels other than ethanol, such as biodiesel made from soybeans. This legislation was promoted by both President George W. Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Before I was elected to Congress in 1986, I worked for President Reagan and learned the importance of finding bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing the nation. President Reagan worked across the aisle with the Democrats who held the House throughout his entire presidency. He always fought for what was right — regardless the party. And when the people of southwest Michigan sent me to Congress, I vowed to practice the lessons I learned from our 40th President on every single issue that crossed my desk.
As the Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus and the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, I have a unique insight into many of America's energy issues.
North Dakota has long played a vital role in America's national security. We are proud to be home to two legs of our country's nuclear weapons triad. The Minot Air Force Base is home to both the B-52 long-range strategic bomber and the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (alas, there is no home for a nuclear submarine in landlocked North Dakota).
The recent threats by Beijing to cut off American access to critical mineral imports has many Americans wondering why our politicians have allowed the United States to become so overly-dependent on China for these valued resources in the first place.