Since being elected to Congress, I have worked to strengthen America’s energy security and increase the availability and use of alternative energy sources. I believe this is important, not only because it can reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign sources of energy, but also because of the environmental benefits of using cleaner sources of energy and the economic benefits of their supporting industries.

South Dakota is fortunate to have significant alternative energy resources, including hydropower, wind, and a strong agriculture sector that allows for the production of renewable fuels, like cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel. In a very short period of time, our state has become one of the nation’s leaders when it comes to research, production, and use of renewable energy. I was proud to fight for the year-round sale of E15 fuel, which is a great win for consumer choice and our farmers, while also lowering transportation emissions.

In addition to these homegrown fuels, domestic production of oil and natural gas is a critical component to America’s energy security. Advancements in oil extraction have allowed for expansive oil production from the Bakken formation in neighboring North Dakota and created a need for new infrastructure, like the Keystone XL pipeline. This has contributed to lower fuel prices for American families and industry.

Additionally, the United States has already made significant progress in reducing emissions through cleaner-burning natural gas and investment in renewable energy generation. I will continue to support an all-of-the-above approach to energy, and South Dakota is leading by example. In fact, due to robust hydroelectric and wind energy, 70 percent of South Dakota’s energy production is renewable.

I will continue to work with the administration to reduce regulations and implement pro-growth energy and environmental policies. By encouraging domestic energy production, increasing America’s renewable energy supply, and reducing consumption, we can ultimately achieve lower energy costs, lower emissions, greater energy independence, and a stronger economy. 

As your U.S. senator, I am committed to advancing policies that will increase our domestic energy security, create jobs, and provide affordable energy for South Dakota families and small businesses.