Especially with conflicts arising in energy-rich areas of our world, the importance of North American energy independence to our wallets, our economy and our national security increases every day.  That’s why I support an all-of-the-above approach that includes natural gas, wind, ethanol, clean coal, renewable energies, and domestic oil. 

Step outside in South Dakota and it probably isn’t surprising that 20 percent of the state’s energy is produced by wind.  I have led efforts in the House to extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy so the industry can continue to build on its success. 

With thousands of jobs on the line – including many in South Dakota, I’ve voted repeatedly to move the Keystone XL pipeline forward.  Constructing this pipeline can create a healthier economy and higher-paying jobs while also allowing the U.S. to be less reliant on the Middle East for fuels that heat and cool our homes and get our cars from point A to point B.

I have also fought against federal regulations that seek to limit energy production in the U.S. and drive up costs.  In South Dakota, families earning less than $50,000 annually already spend one-fifth of their after-tax income on energy, which is double the national average.  Many can’t afford to pay more.

Further Reading

Noem Urges Justice Department to Evaluate Pipeline Secuirty in Lieu of Recent Threats, October 23, 2017

Noem: Saving Families Money with a Pro-Energy Agenda, March 31, 2017

Trump Actions Show Commitment to Energy Independence, Says Noem, January 24, 2017

Noem: South Dakota Energy, December 9, 2016

Noem Introduces Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension, May 13, 2016

Noem Votes to Put Keystone XL on the President's Desk, February 11, 2015

Noem Receives "Fueling Growth" Ethanol Award, September 16, 2014

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