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Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Representing the 1st District of California

Energy

Our nation needs a coherent policy that promotes domestic production of energy, which will create jobs, decrease our reliance on foreign oil and strengthen economic stability. For the last four years, this administration has stifled the domestic production of oil and natural gas, especially on public lands where vast reserves are known to exist. Furthermore, the forced reliance on less-reliable and more expensive renewable power has contributed to a lack of resources. The economically damaging and excessively high gasoline prices our nation faces are one outcome of these misguided policies.

Unfortunately, the intentional hindering of domestic energy production has resulted in gasoline prices that regularly push toward five dollars a gallon in my home state of California. Astronomically high fuel prices have a direct impact on household budgets, the ability of small businesses to operate and our general economic well-being.

I believe that these common-sense solutions will move our nation toward a more stable economy, increase our energy supply and lower costs for households and employers:

Increase domestic production in an environmentally-safe way: 

  • Expand exploration of natural gas, oil, and coal by removing restrictions and opening new land.
  • Promote clean coal-to-liquid and remove outdated regulations restricting access to our vast oil shale reserves, which contain enough energy to power the nation for decades, if not longer. 
  • Use new domestic production to reduce foreign imports (often from those unfriendly to America) and reduce the price at the pump. The Keystone pipeline should be a significant piece of our energy supply system. 

Develop new, clean, and reliable sources of power:

  • Clean-burning natural gas can provide a vast amount of our nation's energy needs. Development of clean natural gas facilities should be a strong priority.
  • Hydroelectric power is the cheapest, most reliable and cleanest power available. California's biased regulations do not consider hydroelectric power to be renewable, forcing reliance on more expensive sources.
  • I support wind, solar, biomass and geothermal where and when cost competitive, but we must not force reliance on technologies that cannot replace our existing sources.

Cut red tape and increase supply:

  • Expedite the energy production permitting process. Drawing out permitting over years drastically drives up costs and decreases incentives to invest in American production. 
  • Our nation needs to consider nuclear power as a part of its energy portfolio.
  • Improve environmental review so that it cannot be used as a roadblock by obstructionists opposed to virtually all new development.

For more information concerning my work and views on Energy issues, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Energy

Nov 8, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act, which promotes hydropower development, streamlines licensing, and creates jobs.
Nov 2, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will be investing $14,261,000 in Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative for rural electric infrastructure improvements. The funding will be used to build 1 mile of new electrical line, improve 44 miles of existing line, as well as other system improvements.
Jul 19, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted on several pieces of legislation that will help modernize and advance America’s energy infrastructure.
Jun 21, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, introduced by Rep. LaMalfa and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR). The bipartisan legislation provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous trees or other vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to electricity infrastructure – such as power lines – on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service lands, reducing the risk of forest fires and electrical grid blackouts. The bill passed the House by a margin of 300-118.
Apr 27, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after H.R. 1873, the Electric Reliability and Forest Protection Act, passed through the Natural Resources Committee. Congressman LaMalfa’s bill, introduced along with Rep. Schrader from Oregon, allows utility companies to more efficiently remove hazardous trees and other vegetation near a transmission lines to reduce the risk of wildfires.
Apr 4, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressmen Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced H.R. 1873, the Electric Reliability and Forest Protection Act, which allows utility companies to more efficiently remove hazardous trees and other vegetation near a transmission lines to reduce the risk of wildfires.
Feb 29, 2016 Press Release
Richvale, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today participated in a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water & Power, which examined the impact of drought on California’s water supplies for the coming year.
Dec 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. LaMalfa today released the following statement regarding his vote against the $1.1 trillion spending package to fund the government through September 2016.

“We knew going in that Speaker Ryan was working to make the best of the bad hand he was dealt when he was chosen to lead the House. However, I could not support the final product of negotiations.

Nov 6, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding the President’s announcement to officially reject construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

May 3, 2015 Past E-Newsletters

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