The latest fight in Washington D.C. is centered around the debt ceiling. Conservatives in the House of Representatives, led by Congressman Michael Cloud (R-TX), have begun to offer durable solutions to lower the federal debt and take steps toward a more balanced budget. Rep. Cloud recently joined John Hart on Right Voices to discuss his plan for the debt ceiling and how American innovation is driving energy and environmental progress.
Having a diverse economic district that includes the petrochemical industry of Corpus Christi and the agricultural sector of Victoria, Cloud is a staunch supporter of an innovation-led “all of the above” approach to energy and the environment. Inflation and bad fiscal policy, however, have hurt the economic sectors in his district, which has hurt people. As Cloud stated:
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“The answer in this and in the energy sphere, is really that the American worker is doing this better than the rest of the world. We need to untie their hands to continue to innovate, to continue to do their work really well.”
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Cloud then critiqued climate policies that focus solely on lowering domestic emissions at the cost of innovation and economic growth. As Cloud has pointed out previously, any discussion on climate change has to focus on global emissions. As he said:
For the 118th Congress and beyond, Cloud will be focusing on solutions that level the energy playing field by phasing out subsidies for mature technologies and reducing regulatory barriers for private sector innovation. Cloud will also have an outsized role in trying to lower the federal debt, which he believes will be critical to securing our nation’s future. As Cloud explained:
As talks surrounding the debt ceiling escalate, conservatives like Michael Cloud are prepared to lead with sensible solutions that promote a sustainable economic and environmental future.
Watch the interview here.
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