Frost: Congress likely to consider traditional and alternative energy sources

A former congressman, on behalf of Council for a Secure America, says he expects the 118th Congress to consider policies involving both alternative and traditional energy sources.

Martin Frost says there is room for both.

“There are some legislators who wanted us to walk away from oil and gas, but I don’t believe that’s going to be the case with the new Congress. You have enough Democrats and Republicans who are supportive of the industry. There will be legislation. Some people will try to ban fracking, I don’t think that’s going to happen. Some people will try to have additional tax credits for wind and solar and I think that will continue. We need to continue to explore these alternative sources and in some cases in the rural areas this is a source of income for people too.”

But, he tells Brownfield this will likely be a contentious session of Congress.

“We just don’t want anything bad to come out of it. We don’t want things that will be harmful to the oil and gas industry,” he says. “I think Congress is closely divided enough that we’re not going to do things that are harmful to the industry, but I’m not sure we’re going to do things that are much better for the industry either.”

Frost says the industry is hopeful for continued drilling and pipeline opportunities.

The Texas Democrat represented the Dallas-Ft. Worth area from 1979 to 2005. He is currently serving as secretary and director for the Council for a Secure America.

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