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Congressman Gonzalez supports an all-the-above approach to energy and understands the importance of American energy not only to power our cars and homes, but also as a national security issue and a job creator. The 15th District is home to the Eagle Ford Shale, one of the largest oil production areas in the state, creating more than 3.8 million jobs and generating $473 billion in gross domestic product. The Congressman has seen firsthand the effects of a thriving oil and gas industry.

As chairman of the newly formed Congressional Oil and Gas Caucus, Congressman Gonzalez aims to bring this Texas perspective to Washington, D.C., regarding the issue. The congressman seeks to educate fellow lawmakers about the production and distribution of oil, gas and other petroleum hydrocarbons, including crude oil, natural gas and gas liquids.

Congressman Gonzalez supports the development of sources of renewable energy, acknowledging the potential in wind and solar energy for both the South Texas economy and American energy independence. Currently, Texas produces more wind energy than most other U.S. states.

 

More on Energy & Environment

July 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $1,250,338 for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) South Texas Industrial Assessment Center (ST-IAC). This initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a larger $60 million nationwide investment for university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs).

 

July 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a bicameral, bipartisan letter to President Joseph R. Biden to bring awareness to the Mexican government's efforts that undermine the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and substantial U.S. investments in energy infrastructure on both sides of the border.  

 

February 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Tony Gonzales (TX-23) sent a bipartisan letter to the newly confirmed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack urgently requesting the approval of a secretarial disaster designation in counties affected by the winter weather disaster in Texas. Texas farmers and ranchers face unprecedented damage and loss as a result of the winter storm. 

In addition to the secretarial disaster designation, the Members of Congress asked for the appraisal and resumption of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

February 24, 2021 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) blasted the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT),  Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and the state of Texas for its failures following the devastating winter storms last week and called for reimbursements for Texans in response to outrageously high utility bills.  

February 17, 2021 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas  — Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined nine members of Texas’ Democratic Congressional Delegation in demanding immediate answers from leadership of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Public Utility Commission of Texas as to the cause, duration, and equitable distribution of power outages across the state of Texas. 

February 16, 2021 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas  — Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined nine members of Texas’ Democratic Congressional Delegation in demanding immediate answers from leadership of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Public Utility Commission of Texas as to the cause, duration, and equitable distribution of power outages across the state of Texas. 

January 27, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Today, a group of Democratic lawmakers, led by Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), sent a letter to the Biden administration requesting them to rescind the recent Executive Order that would ban responsible energy leasing on federal lands and waters. The other signatories of the letter include Reps. Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Marc Veasey (TX-33).

 

October 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to President Donald Trump to raise awareness about Mexico’s efforts to undermine the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and substantial U.S. investments in energy infrastructure on both sides of the border. It has been widely reported that the Mexican government is giving preferential regulatory treatment to Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) to the detriment of U.S. operators.

September 2, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Lance Gooden (TX-05) introduced the Reclaiming American Rare Earths (RARE) Act, bipartisan legislation to drive domestic production and reduce America's dependence on China for rare earth minerals used to build the technology that keeps our country safe and connected. The RARE Act establishes tax incentives for the domestic production of rare earth elements and minerals.