Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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America is blessed with abundant energy resources, including natural gas reserves larger than the crude oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.  We need common sense energy policies which allow us to fully capitalize on these abundant resources instead of continuing to live at the mercy of unstable markets, international crises, and natural disasters.

As your Congressman and a Member of the House Whip Team, I have worked with House Republicans to pass legislation which ensures America makes the most of our domestic energy resources:

  • The Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3) authorizes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, expected to create 40,000 good paying jobs, lower energy costs for hardworking American families, and make America more energy independent.
  • The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 161) provides for the timely consideration of all licenses, permits, and approvals required under Federal law for natural gas pipeline projects, ensuring adequate protection while minimizing costly and unnecessary delays.  Regrettably, President Obama vetoed this important legislation.
  • The LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (H.R. 351) streamlines the necessary government approval process for liquefied natural gas exports.
  • The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2028) prioritizes federal energy spending on programs which promote an “all-of-the-above” strategy for American energy independence.

Restricting America to only a few, politically-favored energy sources would be reckless, both for the economy and national security.  We must maintain diverse sources of domestic energy, including continued support for safe, clean, and efficient nuclear power facilities.  Without energy diversity, America would be in a dangerous position, held hostage to the whims of other nations.

Renewable energy can be part of our goal of energy independence, but is only one part of the overall strategy.  Despite significant financial support using your tax dollars, federal investments in renewable energy projects have often led to failure.  Future growth in renewable energy must come from private investment, just like other energy sources.

Properly managed, America’s abundant supply of energy resources, cutting edge technology, gifted scientists, and appropriate federal initiatives will guarantee continued progress towards our goal of American energy independence.

More on Energy

Dec 18, 2015 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger joined a strong bipartisan majority to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act (omnibus spending bill).
Feb 11, 2015 Press Release
“Families in Charlotte, Troutman, Wesley Chapel, and across the 9th District shouldn’t be at the mercy of rogue warlords or international oil cartels with the power to wreck your family budget. Today’s vote on the Keystone XL pipeline provides a real opportunity to stabilize prices, secure energy independence, and create jobs.”
Jan 9, 2015 Press Release
To better protect President Obama and all Americans from spikes in gas prices, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today joined a bipartisan majority to pass the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3), which approves construction of a new pipeline that would pump nearly one million barrels of oil each day to American refineries.
Nov 14, 2014 Press Release
Focusing on efforts to ease the squeeze on middle class families, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today joined a bipartisan majority to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, despite previous efforts by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to derail the project.
Jun 26, 2014 Press Release
In support of hardworking American families, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today joined a bipartisan majority to approve the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act (H.R. 4899), which will ease the squeeze on the middle class and create jobs through smarter management of America’s energy resources.
Mar 17, 2014 Press Release
“President Putin has crossed the Crimea off his shopping list. Who will he target next? Lithuania? Latvia? The remainder of Georgia he hasn’t already seized?” asked Congressman Pittenger, who recently heard these concerns during private meetings with European leaders. “Until we apply significant economic pressure to President Putin and the cronies in his patronage system, he will continue his attempts to build a 20th Century empire in a 21st Century world.”