Legislation & Issues

The rise in energy prices is due in large part to Congress’ historic inability to respond. As is the case with most decisions made in Washington, D.C., short-term thinking has resulted in long-term costs for all of us. By closing off major reserves of oil and gas within our own territory and subsidizing a select few energy alternatives and technologies, Congress has decided the agendas of special interests are more important than the well-being of all Americans.

I believe the goal of ensuring U.S. energy independence is vital to our long-term national security. We can move toward this goal of maintaining sufficient, reliable domestic energy sources by opening up vast reserves off shore and on federal lands , while providing adequate protections for the environment, developing safer and more reliable nuclear energy, protecting marginal well production and pursuing the development of renewable energy. Coupling this strategy while removing regulatory barriers to the development of new technologies like coal gasification (a process that converts coal into diesel fuels) America can achieve energy independence. I am proud that Oklahoma has been a pioneer in creating the key aspects of new energy technology.

My commitments to correcting our nation’s energy policy include:

• Fighting to lift federal barriers on the development of oil shale. American oil shale reserves are the largest in the world, and exceed one trillion barrels of reserve oil.
• Leading the fight against legislation that permanently blocks access to all forms of energy—traditional and renewable. Recently led efforts to defeat massive public lands bill that blocked an additional 3 million acres of prime energy land.
• Fighting unnecessary environmental regulations that are intended to drive small energy producers out of business.
• Supporting the development of next generation nuclear energy.
• Fighting legislation that blocks construction of much needed transmission capacity, including major natural gas ports and electricity lines needed to transport power from new wind farms to market.
• Blocking legislation that will limit access to major reserves of clean, renewable energy, including major geothermal resources.
• Opposing carbon cap and trade systems that will grow the government, and dramatically increase energy costs to consumers.
• Supporting efforts to bring greater transparency to energy trading markets to ensure fairness and reduce much of the market manipulation that drive fuel prices higher.
• Opposing federal ethanol mandates that result in greater costs to taxpayers, and lower fuel efficiency.

Oil and gas exploration in Oklahoma continues to make a significant contribution to our economy. Complex federal regulations and tax structures often are a barrier to exploration in our state, and I will fight to dismantle those barriers.

Press Releases

December 2013
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12/12/13 Coburn, Feinstein Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Corn Ethanol Mandate
June 2013
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6/27/13 Senators Reject Department of Interior’s Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation with Introduction of FRESH Act
February 2013
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October 2012
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10/15/12 Coburn Releases Annual Report Highlighting Some of the Most Wasteful Government Spending in 2012
10/9/12 WASTEBOOK 2012
August 2012
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8/1/12 Dr. Coburn Hosting Town Hall Meetings Across Oklahoma
June 2012
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6/18/12 Senate Doctors: Utility MACT Kills Jobs, Increases Health Risks
6/13/12 The Administration's "Campaign to Cut Waste", One Year Later
March 2012
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3/22/12 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on President Obama’s Visit to Cushing
February 2012
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2/28/12 Sens. Coburn, Collins, & Lieberman Say Annual GAO Report Exposes More Duplication in the Federal Budget, Less Responsibility Coming Out of Washington
2/28/12 Senator Coburn to Testify at House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform Hearing Today on Annual GAO Report Addressing Duplication & Overlap in the Federal Government
January 2012
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1/30/12 Dr. Coburn to Host Town Hall Meeting in Edmond on Saturday, February 4th
December 2011
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12/17/11 Dr. Coburn Votes "No" on Omnibus Spending Bill
November 2011
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11/30/11 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on the NAT GAS Act
11/22/11 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on Failure of the Super Committee
October 2011
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10/5/11 Dr. Coburn Launches “Back in Black” Online Survey
September 2011
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9/8/11 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on President Obama’s Jobs Plan
July 2011
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7/25/11 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on Breakdown in Debt Talks
7/18/11 Dr. Coburn Releases $9 Trillion Deficit Reduction Plan
June 2011
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6/22/11 Dr. Coburn Introduces Bill to Restore Constitutional Limitations on Congressional Power
May 2011
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5/13/11 Dr. Coburn Calls Big Oil Hearing Unserious and Partisan
December 2005
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12/21/05 Dr. Coburn Votes to Pass Deficit Reduction Package; Reaffirms Support for ANWR
July 2005
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7/29/05 Dr. Coburn Praises Passage Of National Energy Policy