Upton unveils GOP energy strategy

House and Energy Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said Republicans have a strategy to maximize energy abundance that differs from President Obama's plan.

In the Republican weekly address on Saturday, Upton touted legislation the House will take up next week that would “encourage investment, lower prices, and create jobs here at home" while focusing on natural gas exports and pipeline infrastructure.

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He said the energy efficiency reforms would “make the most of America’s abundant energy supplies by building pipelines and transmission lines to connect our energy abundance to consumers, and by using our energy strength to fight back against hostile nations who use their resources to hold the rest of the world hostage.” 

Last month, the Obama administration released new rules that call on power plants to cut their carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. 

The Michigan lawmaker said the president's EPA rules would make it "harder to use all of our American resources, and could well force states to ration energy, which certainly is going to make it more expensive to power our homes and factories. His record of energy development on federal lands remains dismal."

Upton noted that Obama has not yet approved construction for a portion of the Keystone pipeline, and said the project was in “regulatory purgatory.”