I am a strong advocate for the energy industry, a critical component of the Louisiana economy. Louisiana is a state rich in natural resources, and embracing these resources in a responsible way will create jobs and grow the economy. Unfortunately severe regulation on our energy sector stifled much of our potential growth. Since arriving in Congress, I have voted to roll back many of these harmful regulations to help jumpstart the energy sector, embracing our energy abundance.
Since the election of Donald Trump, I have an optimistic outlook on the energy industry in America. His swift action to roll back harmful regulations on our energy industry shows that we are well on our way to a new era of prosperity. And with the appointments of staunch energy advocates Rick Perry to Secretary of Energy and Scott Pruitt to head of the Environmental Protection Agency, it is clear that the United States is taking dynamic steps to further dominance in the energy sector.
In 2015, I voted to lift the ban on export of US crude oil which had been a damper on not only Louisiana but also the nation’s economy. Also, in 2015 I voted in disapproval of two EPA rules which would have made emissions standards so onerous that coal plants like the Rodemacher Power Station in Boyce, La., would no longer be economical, costing many their livelihoods. Furthermore, in 2017 I have continued to fight against the bureaucratic assault on our energy sector by voting to repeal to rules proposed by the Bureau of Land Management that would discourage the mining industry and curb American oil and gas production.
It is undeniable that energy is a critical industry for Louisiana, and it is an issue that I will always fight for.
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Louisiana legislators at their 2019 fiscal session should increase the state’s 20-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax, but the odds of that happening are slim to none. Those taxes haven’t been increased since 1989, and that 20 cents is worth only about 7 cents in today’s money.
Meanwhile, the Louisiana Coalition to Fix Our Roads is kicking off a $500,000 campaign to force another debate on the gasoline tax issue in 2019.