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Conservatives Ditch Bush-era Energy Policy

May 08, 2014

Our nation's energy policy has not undergone substantial, congressional-driven change since 2007. And yes, that was the year Washington decided to ban the incandescent light bulb. Fortunately, conservatives in Congress are now developing innovative, free-market solutions that promise to create and secure jobs while reducing everyday costs for all Americans. I run through four of the most impressive bills in my Foundry column this week:

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has taken the lead on expediting the approval process for liquified natural gas (LNG) exports. This may seem like a small issue, but Gardner's Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act would address the natural gas permitting backlog that has been preventing America from taking full advantage of one of the most promising domestic sources of energy. That would create jobs here at home and, as many others have pointed out, help undermine Russia's strategy of energy extortion abroad.

Read the rest to see how Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) are changing the energy dynamics within the Republican Party.