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North Carolinians are reliant on dependable sources of energy in nearly every aspect of our lives. But all too often, families are struggling with high gas prices and electricity bills because government continues to stand in the way of domestic energy exploration and production.

A balanced and responsible approach is the solution. This means developing more of America's own energy resources, including wind, solar, clean coal, hydropower, biofuels, nuclear energy, as well as oil and natural gas, which will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and create thousands of jobs here at home. The stringent regulation of our own untapped energy reserves constricts available supply and only compounds the global demand for energy. By safely harnessing these resources we can foster the creation of good paying jobs for Americans, while also decreasing our reliance on energy from hostile regions of the world which would make America energy secure.

As co-Chairman of the Atlantic Offshore Energy Caucus, I have worked hard to get North Carolina into the energy business to lower costs, boost our economy and create jobs. I believe that by adopting a market-led approach we can create a more abundant, affordable, and sustainable energy supply that will unlock the potential for a more prosperous America. This is a simple way to relieve our fiscal burdens now, and ensure we remain the world’s most dynamic economy in the future. I stand in firm support of increasing our domestic energy supply.

As one of the few Members of Congress who serves as a Commissioner of the Helsinki Commission, I have proudly stood up to Vladmir Putin and Russian aggression when it comes to European energy supplies. I led the charge to pass a resolution of more than 57 nations from around the world condemning the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany. I believe America should be the largest exporter of natural gas to Europe, not Vladmir Putin and his cronies in Moscow.

Here in North Carolina, there are potentially vast energy resources off our coast. The challenge does not lie in finding these resources, but in man-made government regulatory hurdles that prohibit us from allocating the time and investment needed to capitalize on them. That’s why I’ve been a proponent of opening our state to energy exploration and have introduced legislation to put North Carolinians to work by safely unlocking our offshore resources.
 
I have also introduced the bipartisan Blue Collar and Green Collar Jobs Development Act (H.R. 4061). This legislation will foster a 21st century workforce by promoting education and training for manufacturing and energy jobs. It will help connect individuals with job-training programs while also making current programs more efficient. And, it takes important steps to increase opportunities for women, veterans and minorities.

More on Energy

May 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the Biden administration's action to waive sanctions on the Russian Nord Stream II pipeline, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a member of the House Energy Action Team, introduced a resolution today opposing the pipeline and urging President Biden to stand up to Russia. It also calls out the Biden administration for reversing on previous statements made against Nord Stream II.

Rep. Hudson was joined by 16 original cosponsors.

August 19, 2020 In The News

The secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy visited Fort Bragg and Fayetteville Technical Community College on Tuesday to discuss energy issues for the military and Duke Energy's efforts to hire veterans as electrical utility linemen.

Secretary Dan Brouillette joined host U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson during the day for both functions. Hudson helped put together the bipartisan Blue Collar and Green Collar Jobs Development Act, which he supported for energy and manufacturing training.

February 4, 2020 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman and a voice for North Carolina's veterans, issued the following statement in reaction to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.
December 11, 2018 Press Release
Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and a strong and vocal leader against Russian aggression on the world stage, applauded House passage of H.Res. 1035, a resolution he cosponsored to express opposition to the completion of the Nord Stream II pipeline.
October 11, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement after the Senate passed the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 3021) yesterday. This important legislation includes Rep. Hudson's bipartisan bill H.R. 2786 to expedite the approval process for conduit hydropower projects, which generate electricity from water flow in existing pipelines and other infrastructure.
July 11, 2018 In The News

President Trump on Wednesday stoked divisions in Europe by wading into the middle of an intense fight over the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a project that critics fear will give Moscow new leverage in the region and could create a geopolitically dangerous Russian-German economic alliance.

At a high-stakes NATO summit in Brussels, the president blasted the $9.1 billion pipeline and argued that it is giving Russia undue influence over Berlin and, by extension, fracturing the solidarity of NATO.

July 11, 2018 In The News

President Trump tore into the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday with a double-barrel assault on Germany, saying a pipeline deal would render the country “captive to Russia” even as Berlin looked to the U.S. for defense from Russian aggression.

The charge, leveled at a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, surpassed expectations that Mr. Trump would shake up the old military alliance.

July 11, 2018 Press Release
Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement after his amendment to express concerns about the ramifications of the construction of the Nord Stream II pipeline was adopted as part of the Berlin Declaration at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly annual session.
March 22, 2018 In The News

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation that U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced synchronizing the implementation of energy conservation requirements for residential ceiling fans to prevent higher consumer costs and market disruption has now been approved by both chambers of Congress and heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

The Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act, S. 2030, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote on March 19. The U.S. Senate had passed the measure by unanimous consent on Dec. 21, 2017.

March 19, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today unanimously passed S. 2030, the Ceiling Fan Conservation Harmonization Act by voice vote. Nearly identical legislation authored by Rep. Richard Hudson (H.R. 3477) passed the committee in January.