Ted Cruz to Unveil Energy Plans Before Heritage Action

US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits to speak at the Heritage Foundation January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Cruz and others spoke about the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi and Russia's human rights record.
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Ben Geman
Feb. 10, 2014, 5:22 a.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Re­pub­lic­an and po­ten­tial 2016 pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate, will stake out some turf on en­ergy policy be­fore an audi­ence of con­ser­vat­ive polit­ic­al act­iv­ists Monday af­ter­noon.

Cruz will speak at a policy sum­mit hos­ted by Her­it­age Ac­tion for Amer­ica, a group that’s in­flu­en­tial in GOP polit­ic­al and policy circles.

The Wash­ing­ton Post got a look at some of the speech and re­ports that he’ll fol­low his call for ap­prov­al of the Key­stone XL pipeline with an ap­peal to “think big­ger than Key­stone” too.

“Here we stand with our toes at the edge of an en­ergy re­volu­tion that could sweep the na­tion, provid­ing an un­told num­ber of new op­por­tun­it­ies and well-pay­ing jobs,” he in­tends to say.

Cruz is craft­ing a bill called the Amer­ic­an En­ergy Renais­sance Act. His plans will in­clude fa­mil­i­ar GOP policy mes­sages, ac­cord­ing to The Post, such as open­ing up more fed­er­al lands and wa­ters to drilling and thwart­ing En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency cli­mate rules.

Cruz, ac­cord­ing to the pa­per, is also call­ing for end­ing the U.S. ban on crude-oil ex­ports, an idea that Re­pub­lic­ans have not reached con­sensus on.


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