The Department of Energy was established in the 1970s in response to an international oil shortage, with the goal of making the United States energy independent. Clearly, that has not been accomplished, despite the Department’s work under its $34.5 billion appropriation. I will vote to dissolve this Department incrementally over time.
I believe that energy independence is achievable through the free market, and I will stand against all subsidies to the energy industry.
These subsidies distort the free market, resulting in inefficient distribution of resources and higher cost to the consumer. I will encourage research and development into alternate nuclear technologies, such as liquid salt thorium reactors, and will encourage a review of permitting and regulatory obstacles to bringing such technology to market.