An all-of-the-above energy strategy will help Alabama continue to create jobs, strengthen local businesses and communities, and reduce costs for Alabamians. I encourage our congressional delegation in Washington to continue working to support smart energy solutions that complement the work we are doing in the Alabama Legislature to advance pro-growth energy policies at the state level. 

As just one example, the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, which prioritizes investments in energy innovation and helps unlock domestic energy resources to strengthen our state’s energy security and lower costs for families and businesses. Forward-thinking policies such as these will help ensure America’s energy security and economy. 

In addition to policies enabling our nation to increase our domestic energy capabilities to supply more of the world’s energy, Congress should also work to reduce current regulatory barriers that can slow critical energy projects and development. Passing federal permitting reform, for example, would help ensure Alabama homes and businesses — and those across the United States — will more quickly and efficiently feel the positive economic impact that the critical investments from H.R. 1 would have on their communities if passed into law. 

Without federal permitting reform, many critical energy projects in Alabama and across the country will continue to be delayed or put off altogether. 

Unfortunately, the permitting and review process has become overly long and cumbersome. We need Congress to streamline the permitting process so states like Alabama can move forward with all-of-the-above energy solutions and projects, reducing costs, helping businesses succeed, and strengthening our entire economy. 

With Sen. Katie Britt’s insight, I am confident our congressional delegation will continue to make a significant difference on this important issue.

Sen. Keith Kelley is a Republican from Anniston and represents Senate District 12.

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