LINCOLN — The U.S. government's burdensome regulations stifle domestic energy production, Republican U.S. Senate candidate and current State Sen. Deb Fischer said Thursday.
Lawmakers need to reduce such regulations, encourage domestic oil production, expand nuclear and coal power and further develop alternative energies to establish energy independence in the long term, Fischer said at a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda to outline her energy policy.
She said she would reduce the chronic "over-regulation and over-reach" of federal agencies, namely the Environmental Protection Agency. Fischer would do so by limiting EPA funding and blocking appointments that would further entangle the agency in bureaucracy, she said.
Lawmakers need to "just use some common sense when it comes to regulations," she said.
Fischer said it needs to be easier for nuclear power plants to obtain building permits because other countries have moved forward with nuclear power, while U.S. progress has stagnated.
She also said she would eliminate regulations that hinder the building of new oil refineries, increase domestic and offshore drilling and approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
In a policy brief, Fischer highlighted additional aspects of her energy plan:
• Opposes cap-and-trade policies to reduce pollution.
• Supports oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
• Wants federal land to be open for oil shale development.
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