I welcome this debate and look forward to serving on the Select Committee. I hope that the panel will thoroughly investigate all policy options when it comes to global climate change, weighing both the costs and the benefits. We cannot afford to base our energy policy on emotion and doomsday scenarios.

Rather, we must act based on sound science, reason and a responsibility to ensure America’s energy security. America can balance environmental concerns and quality of life issues. We also must be careful not to enact policies that will unnecessarily impose a financial burden on American families, especially those just barely getting by, or result in more American job losses to other countries with little or no benefit to our country and our citizens.