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President Obama Takes No-New-Energy, No-New-Jobs Tour of Virginia
President Obama’s Outsourcing American Energy and American Jobs Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2012 - Just two weeks ago, President Obama released his five year offshore no-new-energy plan that closes 85 percent of America’s offshore areas to new energy production, opens no new areas to drilling and sidelines over a million jobs. Today, the President is making multiple campaign stops throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia—a state he denied the ability to create over 2,000 jobs and help lessen America’s dependence on foreign energy by refusing to include a lease sale off the coast of Virginia in his offshore anti-energy plan.

When President Obama took office, there was a real offshore energy plan in place that included the Virginia lease sale scheduled for 2011. After taking office, the Obama Administration threw out that common sense, job creating plan and took over three years to devise an anti-energy scheme that punts the possibility of any Virginia lease until at least 2017. With that action, President Obama eliminated any possibility for Virginia to create energy jobs or produce offshore energy during his presidency.

There is no question that one of the biggest outsourcing programs in the country is President Obama’s no-new-American-energy policies. The Obama Administration’s abysmal energy record is really a more-foreign-jobs energy policy. Every opportunity to create more American energy that President Obama ignores is an opportunity for unfriendly Middle Eastern countries to create jobs for their unemployed workers and deepen America’s dependence on their energy. Too bad President Obama isn’t running for President of Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, or Nigeria—his failed energy policies are creating plenty of energy jobs overseas and lining foreign countries’ pockets with U.S. dollars at a rate of $1 million per minute for foreign oil.

Meanwhile, House Republicans want to create American jobs with new American energy production. Next Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee will vote on a plan to replace President Obama’s dismal offshore drilling plan with a real energy plan that will create 1.2 million American—not foreign—jobs.

Soon the U.S. Senate and the two Democrat Senators from Virginia will face a choice: Vote for a plan that includes the Virginia lease sale or do nothing, effectively voting in favor of President Obama’s plan to outsource Virginia jobs and Virginia energy.

President Obama’s Outsourcing American Energy and American Jobs Program:

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This is the Republican plan to create 1.2 American Jobs with American Energy:

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