The Commonwealth of Kentucky relies heavily on fossil fuels, and our coal resources provide our state thousands of jobs and deliver over 83 percent of our electricity. This allows Kentuckians to enjoy some of the lowest average electricity rates in the nation. It is imperative that our country work towards energy dominance and strong economic growth and security by rolling back onerous regulations and allowing for the innovation and development of fossil fuel technology. Throughout my time in Congress I have supported legislation to do just that. My efforts to promote American energy independence and economic growth through energy dominance include: 

  • Adamantly and actively opposed to the Green New Deal and the elimination of carbon-based fuels from our energy grid, which would jeopardize our national and economic security. 
  • Served as Co-Chairman of the Energy Subgroup on the House of Representatives China Task Force. 
  • As part of the China Task Force, Congressman Barr led H.R. 8198 “National Security Through America’s Resources and Permitting Reform Act of 2020.” This legislation would add projects related to the extraction, recovery, or processing of critical minerals, rare earth elements, microfine carbon, or carbon from coal, coal waste, coal processing waste, pre-or post-combustion coal byproducts, or acid mine drainage from coal mines to the list of “covered projects” under FAST-41, enabling the United States to decrease our dangerous dependence on China for critical minerals used to support our national security. 
  • Supported President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the unfair and unattainable Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Cosponsored a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the U.S. economy. Spoke on the House Floor in support of this resolution.
  • Advanced affordable and reliable energy and jobs supported by the energy sector by supporting legislation to decrease excess regulation.
  • Cosponsored and voted for H.J. Res 38 which nullified the Stream Protection Rule, an onerous and job-killing regulation that would have compromised the productivity of mining operations threshold energy affordability. H.J. Res 38 was signed into law by President Trump on February 16, 2017. 
  • Led letter to the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell opposing including climate change scenarios in bank supervision stress tests. 
  • Member of the Congressional Coal Caucus

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