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."
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 benefits this industry provides to our nation were largely ignored by the previous administration. Regulations were put into place that were ideologically based with a focus of disrupting operations in the industry. Luckily, we are presented with a great opportunity to remove burdensome regulations and unleash the potential of the U.S. energy industry.
While unnecessary regulations will be removed, 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.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) commended the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) after they announced final approval for Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal, authorizing the facility to export up to 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas as LNG.
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Driftwood L
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Migratory Bird Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, will award $9,928,536 in conservation funding to the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
This grant will support conservation efforts for wetland habitats and waterfowl populations while supporting local economies and recreational traditions such as hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The wetlands also provide flood control benefits and mitigate coastal erosion.
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted in support of H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The legislation allows for the expedited approval of shipments of liquefied natural gas. Congressman Higgins also spoke in support of the legislation on the House floor.
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins is aware of the upcoming Nov. 6 election to retain his 3rd District seat, but he said he remains focused on “working and serving.”
Higgins, R-Port Barre, told the American Press editorial board on Thursday that initial projections show him “winning soundly” in the general election. If re-elected, he said he wants to “further advance the conservative agenda” in the House.
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins said the majority of Louisiana workers and businessmen and women are pledging patience during the trade wars because they believe President Donald Trump and America will ultimately prevail.
The Republican congressman also said the state's oil and gas industry's comeback has lagged behind other sectors here because of federal and state impediments.
Higgins, R-Port Barre, a staunch Trump supporter, toured Quality Machine Works Tuesday in Youngsville. The company is a manufacturer focused on producing oilfield completion components.
Given the rate at which oil prices have risen over the last year, economic theory tells us that Louisiana’s oil and gas industry should be rising as well. However, this has not been the case. Other energy-producing states like Texas are booming, while oilfield jobs and field service companies in Louisiana continue to struggle as a result of our state’s toxic legal and business climate.
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) praised U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s presentation of $188 million in GOMESA revenue-sharing funds to Gulf states, including $82 million to Louisiana.
The State of Louisiana will receive $66,271,724.59. Several parishes in Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District will receive additional funds: Calcasieu Parish, $862,675.48; Cameron Parish, $1,090,580.78; Iberia Parish, $871,009.19; St. Martin Parish, $616,852.85; St. Mary Parish, $719,952.25; Vermilion Parish, $850,143.14.
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and other members of the Louisiana congressional delegation sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Kevin McIntyre, urging FERC to approve necessary permits for the Driftwood LNG and Driftwood Pipeline projects in Southwest Louisiana.
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently endorsed Congressman Higgins' bill H.R. 5260, which expedites the demonstration of at least four advanced nuclear reactors by 2028.
The BPC advocates for bipartisan solutions to the nation's key challenges. BPC President Jason Grumet, and Co-Chair of BPC's American Energy Innovation Council Norm Augustine and former Senator Byron Dorgan offered their support in a letter to Congressman Higgins: