Energy / Environment

America’s energy supply should be stable, diverse, and affordable.  This means we must work to increase domestic energy production and achieve energy independence.
American energy independence is not simply an economic issue.  Energy independence is a matter of national security.  Throughout my time in Washington, D.C. I have worked toward policies that encourage the U.S. to meet its energy needs domestically.  This mean an “all the above” U.S.  energy policy.  We must continue to work to increase exploration and production of natural gas and oil, continuing the development and use of coal, along with the development of renewable sources of energy and further develop nuclear energy.  As the former Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I have worked hard to build upon the environmental accomplishments of the past thirty years. Scientifically based, well thought-out environmental regulations can provide benefits to the American people.  Unfortunately, however, many current environmental regulations are not grounded in science.  As a result, they usually do harm and put undue restrictions upon the freedoms of many Americans.  Additionally, poorly designed environmental regulations have been a large contributor to the energy problems we now face and have put an unnecessary drag on our overall economy.  If we rethink environmental regulation, we could be in a better position in the future and find ourselves in a place where we can have far greater environmental protection, more reliable and diverse energy sources, a stronger national defense, and a stronger economy.
America does not need to be dependent upon foreign powers to meet our energy needs.  We must open domestic sources of energy production in our Outer Continental Shelf, Alaska, and on federal lands, and I know it is possible to do this in an environmentally friendly way.  Oklahoma plays a key role in America’s energy independence.  The oil and natural gas industry that helped build our state years ago is experiencing a resurgence and contributes billion of dollars and thousands of jobs to our Oklahoma economy.


  • Inhofe, Boxer, Vitter, Carper Introduce Six-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization

    U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee; Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member of the Senate EPW Committee; David Vitter (R-La.), chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure; and Tom Carper (D-Del.), senior member of the EPW Committee, today introduced a six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill titled the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act. The legislation is scheduled for a committee business meeting on Wednesday.   Read More

  • Inhofe Responds to President’s Speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s commencement address in New London, Connecticut at the United States Coast Guard Academy:  Read More

  • Inhofe Praises House Amendment to NDAA to Delist American Burying Beetle, Lesser Prairie Chicken

    - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and  Public Works Committee and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the passage of Congressman Frank Lucas' (R-OK-3) amendment to the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that subsequently passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives today. The amendment effectively removes the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) from being listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for a period of five years and delists the American Burying Beetle (ABB), which has been listed as endangered since 1989. The amendment passed by a vote of 229-190. Read More

  • Inhofe, Lankford Join Bipartisan Senate Coalition To Introduce Bill to End Ban on Crude Oil Exports

     U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today joined Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Heidi Heitkam (D-N.D.) along with 10 of their Senate colleagues today in introducing the Energy Supply and Distribution Act of 2015 (S.1312). This bipartisan legislation would modernize federal energy policy by ending the outdated ban on crude oil exports. Read More

  • Inhofe Praises Completed Work of Lead Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the Lead Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust (LICRAT) at the Tar Creek Superfund Site for completing its work to assist residents and businesses of Picher and Cardin, Oklahoma to voluntarily relocate and for then appropriately voting to dissolve the board on Thursday. Read More

  • Inhofe Praises $1.5 Million EDA Grant to the City of Muskogee

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the City of Muskogee for being awarded an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant of $1.5 million to support the upgrade of critical infrastructure to expand an existing industrial park. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the project will help to sustain 238 jobs as well as create new job opportunities, and generate $400,000 in private investment. Read More