U.S. Rep Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, co-sponsored a resolution with two Texas Republicans in the House to introduce a bill that would give the U.S. Department of State more power in energy and resource decisions, according to a news release sent by the congressman.
The Energy Diplomacy Act “ensures that the national security implications of global energy developments are reflected in the State Department’s decision-making processes,” the release stated. It does so by replacing the coordinator for International Energy Affairs with a Senate-confirmed assistant secretary for energy resources.
“Energy security is a key component of our foreign policy agenda,” Gonzalez said in the release. “With our country’s wealth of resources and expertise, the State Department must play an increasingly important role in global energy security and development.”
Additionally, the bill promotes the availability of diversified energy supplies worldwide and a well-functioning global market for energy resources, technologies and expertise