Chairman Hastings: American Families Face Rapidly Rising Gas Prices Under Obama Administration Energy Policies
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 23, 2012 | Jill Strait, Spencer Pederson or Crystal Feldman (202-225-2761)
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s energy speech:
"American families and small businesses are once again suffering from rapidly rising gasoline prices and the Obama Administration’s policies are making it worse. Since President Obama took office, the price of gasoline has increased a staggering 95 percent. As the American people pay for the Obama Premium at the pump, President Obama’s answer is to cancel onshore oil and natural gas leases, close off the vast majority of our offshore areas to new drilling, block the Keystone XL pipeline, delay and block the development of oil shale, and impose ocean zoning regulations that could limit all types of energy production – including renewable. All of these actions by the Obama Administration contribute to less American energy production and higher energy prices.
"President Obama claims to support an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy approach, but his actions and policies show this is nothing more than a political sound bite. Look no further than the President’s own budget proposal for proof. President Obama’s FY13 budget released this month shows declining revenues from offshore drilling. The decline is the result of falling production that is a consequence of actions taken by this Administration. This is just one more example of how the President’s policies are stifling American energy production, stalling economic growth and increasing gasoline prices across the country.
"House Republicans have passed bipartisan legislation to expand both onshore and offshore energy production. The Senate and President Obama should support this bill to create new jobs and lower energy costs."
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