Reducing our Middle East energy dependence is a major step toward increasing our national security. With this in mind, making the United States energy secure from other nations is one of my highest priorities as your Congressman. North Dakota is blessed with the resources to lead the charge toward energy security, and I am proud of the hard work done by our oil producers in North Dakota each day to make this goal possible. I remain firmly committed to advancing this goal on a national level as a member of two important energy subcommittees, and the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations. I am also pleased to be chosen by the House Majority Leader to serve on the newly formed House Energy Action Team (HEAT).
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to explain why her agency held none of its coal regulation listening sessions in a top ten coal state while also failing to record them for the public. On September 30th, the EPA announced plans to hold listening sessions on forthcoming greenhouse gas regulations for existing coal-fired power plants.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed a bill cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to reform the pre-filing review process for natural gas pipeline permit applications. The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act addresses excessive delays in application reviews and increased demand for pipeline capacity in light of the natural gas production boom.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed a bill cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer maintaining states authority over regulating hydraulic fracturing. The Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act requires the Department of the Interior to defer to state regulations, permitting, and guidance for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands within any given state’s boundaries.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on hydraulic fracturing and coal regulations, and reiterated his request for a listening session in North Dakota on the agency’s planned carbon emission standards. Cramer, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, asked McCarthy why the EPA continues to create uncertainty in the energy industry by searching for what is possible without attention to what is probable or likely.
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the House Committee on Natural Resources favorably reported two bills he cosponsors to rein in waste at the Department of the Interior and protect state and local water rights from federal takings.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer defended employees of the coal industry at a rally on Capitol Hill opposing new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, and questioned the agency’s understanding of current coal technology at a committee hearing.
Cramer addressed a crowd at the Rally for American Energy Jobs alongside other Members of Congress and coal industry employees.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer responded to the U.S. District Court ruling in favor of the North Dakota Public Service Commission and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. A suit filed by the Sierra Club and the Dakota Resource Council sought to strip North Dakota of its ability to regulate all surface coal mining activities on all non-federal and non-tribal lands in North Dakota.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer requested the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hold a public listening session in Bismarck regarding its proposed regulations on existing coal-fired power plants. The EPA announced it would hold 11 listening sessions in cities including Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston, while bypassing all top ten coal states including North Dakota.
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of TransCanada Corporation submitting its first application for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has yet to be approved by President Obama. In the coming days, the House of Representatives intends to pass legislation making Presidential approval of Keystone XL a condition of raising the national debt limit.