Cruz says he wants to “unleash American jobs and opportunity by harnessing our nation’s energy resources”

Presidential Candidates on Energy - Texas Senator Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz posted a detailed list of his energy policy stances on his U.S. Senate website in Feb. 2014. They are as follows:

Prevent the Federal Government from Undermining the American Energy Renaissance and the Jobs It Creates (1-5)

1) Prevent Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing. Leave regulation of hydraulic fracturing in state hands;

2) Improve Domestic Refining Capacity. Streamline the permitting process for upgrading and building new refineries; Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard;

3) Improve Process to Develop Energy Infrastructure. Approve and allow private sector to build the Keystone pipeline; remove barriers to developing and approving additional national pipelines and cross-border energy infrastructure;

4) Stop EPA Overreach and the War on Coal. Exclude greenhouse gases from regulation by EPA and other federal agencies; stop certain EPA regulations that will adversely impact coal and electric power plants;

5) Force Congress and the President to Vote on EPA Regulations that Kill Jobs. Require both Congress and the President to approve any EPA regulation that has a negative job impact; support passage of the REINS Act, separate piece of legislation not included in this bill, which would require congressional approval of all major rules and regulations.

Expand Energy Development So More Private Sector Jobs Can Be Created (6-9)

6) Broaden Energy Development on Federal Land. Increase energy development on federal land; provide states the option of leasing, permitting and regulating energy resources on federal lands within their borders; or

If states do not wish to manage energy development on federal lands within their borders, the federal leasing, permitting and regulating will be reformed to increase energy development by:

Streamlining permitting for development on federal lands

Improving certainty in the leasing and development process

Expanding development of energy on federal lands

Expand energy development in National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

Expand energy development on Indian lands

Open up the Coastal Plain of Alaska (ANWR) for development

7) Open Offshore Exploration. Expand the offshore areas of the Outer Continental Shelf available for development; streamline the permitting process for additional offshore exploration

8) Expand U.S. Energy Exports. Expand LNG exports by facilitating permits; end the crude oil export ban; prevent excessively broad environmental review of coal export terminals

9) Dedicate Additional Revenues to a Trust Fund for Debt Reduction. Direct all additional revenues generated by exploration and drilling on federal lands (excluding the share allocated to the states) exclusively to national debt reduction—“Debt Freedom Fund.”

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