America's energy independence is vital to our national security, our economy, and promoting the America First agenda. America’s energy supply should be stable, diverse, and affordable. We must continue to work to increase exploration and production of coal, natural gas, and oil, along with the further development of nuclear energy. We must get American oil companies back to full productivity to restore our country's energy independence. When I become your next US Senator from West Virginia, I will introduce a motion on the Senate floor to increase leases on federal land and get big government out of the way so oil companies can do just that. We must also end federal subsidies for "clean energy." The American taxpayer has been forced to invest over $100 billion in wind and solar, and we have seen a poor return on that investment. Wind and solar cannot replace coal or natural gas as our electric grid's base load energy, for America would suffer continuous rolling blackouts. If these are the two energy sources of the future, they must be so in an open and free market while standing on their own feet without governmental assistance. In an open and free market, I will take the coal miners, gas, and oil workers of West Virginia over failing wind and solar companies any day.