"The simple lesson I would learn from this is number one, we have to find out what went wrong and make sure it never ever happens again, but this should not lead us in this fantasy direction that says we don't need American oil and gas."
In the wake of the spill, there have been renewed calls for banning off shore drilling. Even California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was once for off-shore drilling, has now changed his mind. Senator Cornyn believes banning America's needs to continue to produce its own oil and gas to reduce dependence on foreign countries.
"We've been very successful for decades producing oil and gas here in America safely and without ecological damage and I don't think we should let this one tragedy deter us from doing what we need to do."
He says this situation the U.S now finds itself in reminds him of the problems with NASA.
"We didn't give up after the challenger was lost, we learned lessons and persevered because of the importance of the mission and I think that same sort of analogy would apply here."