House Republicans launched their "Idea Lab" Thursday, outlining their energy agenda for the coming year. The common theme is the importance of fossil fuels to the nation's energy mix, whether it's extracting them at home, shipping them in from Canada or exporting them overseas.

"Producing more in America and that means opening a lot more resources we have in America that are right now closed by the Obama administration," Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, told reporters in a conference call.