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Energy & the Environment

"Even with the fluctuations in oil prices, Louisiana’s fossil fuels industry remains a bright spot and major contributor to our state and national economy. Meanwhile, American innovation is driving emissions reduction worldwide."

Fossil fuels play a major role in the daily lives of every American.  Whether it is meeting the energy needs of families and businesses, or being used in the creation of plastics and other common materials, fossil fuels are the lifeblood of our modern society.

However, the new administration is reversing progress achieved under President Trump and bringing about a resurgence of Obama-era policies. These actions will have the same outcome now as they did then, the destruction of American jobs, higher energy costs, and undermining global security interests. The federal government is being weaponized against America’s energy industry.  

It is important that a balanced approach is taken that results in real economic benefits but also considers environmental impacts.  No Republican or Democrat wants dirty air or water.  This is especially important in a state like ours, where enjoyment of the outdoors is engraved into our culture and heritage.  While empowering the industry is a top priority, we must ensure proper conservation and mitigation programs are in place to maintain our sensitive ecosystem and protect our valuable natural resources. We should support this balanced approach with policies that encourage growth, create new jobs, and bolster America’s energy security.


More on Energy & the Environment

August 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and nearly 40 Republican colleagues delivered a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) calling out the Biden administration’s plan to defund projects related to fossil fuels.

July 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies introduced and passed legislation that includes his funding requests for the Southwest Coastal Louisiana hurricane protection project and the Port of Iberia.
If enacted, the bill would provide:

June 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has approved a $2.75 million grant for McNeese State University Foundation to construct an LNG Center of Excellence. The funding is provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

June 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) released the following statement after U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty issued a preliminary injunction, halting the Biden Administration's ban on oil lease sales on public lands.

“Jeff Landry has delivered a win for the entire country. He’s a man we can count on to get the job done. I’m honored to stand shoulder to shoulder with him, fighting for Louisiana.”



March 17, 2021 In The News

The devastating fallout of the Biden administration’s job-killing rampage continues after he canceled the sale of 80 million acres of Gulf of Mexico oil leases that was scheduled for Wednesday in New Orleans, KLFY-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana, reported Monday.

“It would kill our state. It would kill workers,” Mike Moncla, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, said of the Biden administration’s move. “It would kill jobs, and it would be a terrible thing.”

February 24, 2021 In The News

Louisiana Republican Rep. Clay Higgins floated an environmental challenge to President Biden Tuesday – introducing a House resolution calling on the commander-in-chief to live without any petroleum products.

February 24, 2021 In The News

Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins has filed a resolution challenging the Biden Administration to operate without the use of any oil and gas energy or petroleum-based products. In doing so, Higgins wants to bring attention to the importance of the industry that is a staple of Louisiana’s economy.

“It’s our effort to demonstrate the absurdity of the false premise that life would just continue as normal without America’s oil and gas and petrochemical industry,” said Higgins.

The President is pushing a goal of a 100-percent carbon-free energy sector by 2035.

February 19, 2021 In The News

The Biden administration's recent cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline has shaken an entire industry and may cost thousands of workers their jobs. Some of those workers are already facing sudden unemployment.

February 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced three amendments today that would prevent COVID relief funds from being used to support the implementation of the Paris Climate Accords, bans on oil and gas exploration, or government entities that have cut law enforcement funding. The House Oversight & Reform Committee will consider the amendments during a Friday legislative markup on part of Democrats’ $1.9 trillion budget reconciliation package.