Energy & Natural Resources
Congressman Hice fully supports an all-of-the-above energy approach to promote American energy independence. This includes using the nation’s vast resources of oil, natural gas, clean coal technology, wind, solar, and nuclear. Together, the use of all of the resources we have at our disposal will help create jobs and grow our economy. Most importantly, this approach will reduce our dependence for energy from hostile foreign countries.
Furthermore, as a member of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee within the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Hice is proud to support efforts to expand our domestic energy exploration, both on and offshore in an environmentally safe way. This will further our goal of American energy independence, while generating revenue for the federal and state governments without having to raise taxes. Congressman Hice strongly supports President Trump’s reauthorization of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will bring an additional 830,000 barrels of oil into the country every day.
Energy production is particularly important to our community and Congressman Hice is proud that Georgia is home to Plant Vogtle, which is the site of the first two nuclear reactors to be built in the United States in over thirty years. Once complete, the construction of reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle will provide Georgians with yet another source of safe, clean energy, while keeping prices low for consumers.
The Tenth Congressional District is home to an abundance of natural resources. Over 2,000 workers in the Kaolin mining and processing industry call the Tenth District home, and the industry contributes an estimated $771 million to our State’s economy and roughly $194 million to our district alone.
As an avid outdoorsman, Hice is proud to serve on the House Natural Resources Committee and is committed to ensuring that our true national treasures – our parks and forests – remain vibrant so that our children and grandchildren can experience the same opportunities to enjoy these lands as our parents and grandparents. Our district contains lush forests, including the Oconee District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest that millions of visitors frequent for fly fishing, backpacking, camping, and hunting every year. Outside of protected land, our district has a rich and vibrant forestry industry with approximately 3.25 million acres of forest lands and 25 wood processing mills. The forestry industry contributes an estimated $84 million to the economy of the Tenth District alone and an average of $448 million state-wide in state tax revenue each year.