Today, President Obama is once again focusing his efforts on a “calculated distraction” that will not lower the debt, create a single job or address high gas prices.  His smoke-and-mirrors political gimmicks are not fooling the American people, and Republicans have kept up the coordinated offensive to highlight our better, “all of the above” energy plan and hold the president accountable for his failed energy policies.  Here are just a few examples:

  • House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI): President Obama “Has Refused to Acknowledge the Great Potential of America’s Energy Resources.” “If anyone is stuck in the past, it’s President Obama, as he has refused to acknowledge the great potential of America’s energy resources … By fully harnessing the power of our own previously inaccessible energy resources—and by forging strong partnerships with neighboring nations—America is on the cusp of being able to chart a course toward North American energy independence… but only if American energy policy spurs these innovations rather than stifling them.” (The American, 4/10/12)
  • House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA): “An All-of-the-Above Energy Plan Is Not a Conveniently Timed Campaign Slogan to House Republicans—It’s a Real Plan to Put Americans Back to Work.” “‘Unlike for President Obama, an all-of-the-above energy plan is not a conveniently timed campaign slogan to House Republicans—it’s a real plan to put Americans back to work and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign energy,’ Rep. Doc Hastings, the chairman of the House committee on Natural Resources, said. ‘House Republicans have passed a true bipartisan, all-of-the-above energy plan that will create over a million jobs and contribute billions to the Treasury, help lower gasoline prices and make American more energy secure.’” (ABC News, 4/6/12)
  • Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX): American Energy Production Has Increased “In Spite of this Administration, Not Because of Them.” “Many officials from the White House have argued that domestic oil and natural gas production is up. It has increased on private lands, but it has decreased on land controlled by the federal government. And the reality is that the increase has been in spite of this Administration, not because of them.” (Op-Ed, Times Record News, 4/11/12)
  • Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) on the President’s Keystone XL Delay: “All This Political Rhetoric Is Just a Delaying Tactic on the Part of the President.” “‘We’re still fighting this [Keystone XL pipeline] issue,’ Johnson said, adding the doubling of the price of gas and large bills Ohioans are paying to power their homes lead one to question the sense of not allowing the pipeline. … ‘All this political rhetoric is just a delaying tactic on the part of the president,’ Johnson said.” (Salem News, 4/10/12)
  • Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD): “Under the Current Administration, We’ve Seen Nothing but Roadblocks to Efforts to Unleash Much of Our Nation’s Energy Potential.” “When President Obama took office, a gallon of gas cost $1.89. Today, it’s over $3.80 a gallon. … And unfortunately, under the current Administration, we’ve seen nothing but roadblocks to efforts to unleash much of our nation’s energy potential. … I have voted for and the House has passed a number of bills that would cut red tape to make the permitting process easier and expand production. Unfortunately, those bills remain stuck in the Democrat-controlled Senate.” (Op-Ed, Rapid City Journal, 4/9/12)
  • Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY): “We Need to Develop & Encourage All Sources of Energy Production.” “Buerkle says the United States needs to become energy independent and if the country starts heading in that direction, gas prices could drop. … ‘If it became apparent the United States was serious about becoming energy independent and we started drilling offshore, onshore, resume drilling off the Gulf of Mexico and increase natural gas production, I think you would see an immediate drop.’” (Auburn Citizen, 4/6/12)
  • Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA): “Energy Equals Jobs.”  “The advantage the U.S. has, he said, is that we can have cheap energy. We’re No. 1 in the world in coal and natural gas and in the top 10 in oil, if we make use of it, he said. The president, Griffith said, won’t let the nation use its resources.  Repeating a theme, Griffith said energy equals jobs, and not just in the mines, plants and railroads, but everywhere. Regulations that raise the cost of producing energy cause costs for end users to go up, Griffith said, making everything, from homes to courthouses to manufacturing facilities more expensive to operate.” (Wytheville Enterprise, 4/6/12)
  • Rep. James Lankford (R-OK): President Obama’s Energy Policy “Hurting American Jobs and Our Energy Independence.” “After his inauguration, one of the president’s first actions was to cancel oil leases on federal lands and delay offshore leasing. … While this president claims credit for increased drilling, those permits were actually approved under President George W. Bush, and new drilling permits are down 36 percent. … The current policy of focusing on the ‘energy of the future’ while punishing the energy of the present is hurting American jobs and our energy independence.” (Op-Ed, The Oklahoman, 4/6/12)
  • Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): “The President Isn’t Doing Anything” to Address High Gas Prices. “‘We’re never going to get out of this recession vibrantly if we don’t get gas prices under control,’ Capito said. ‘In my view, the president isn’t doing anything.’  Congressional Republicans have been pressing President Barack Obama to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would help deliver Canadian oil to Gulf Coast refineries.” (Charleston Daily Mail, 4/5/12)
  • Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA) on Boosting American Energy: “We’ve Had a Hard Time Getting the President to Make This a Priority.” “High gas prices are on the minds of many, and Hurt got a good look at how they are affecting small businesses like Snows Garden Center in Albemarle County. … That’s where Hurt thinks Washington D.C. should step in and adopt policies that will take advantage of the nation’s domestic energy supply such as allowing offshore drilling in Virginia, the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. Hurt explained, ‘We’ve had a hard time with the folks down the hall in the Senate for this to be a priority.  Frankly, we’ve had a hard time getting the president to make this a priority.’ He added these bills will create jobs.” (WVIR-TV, 4/5/12)
  • Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN): “Government Policies Are Preventing” America from Developing Its Energy Independence & “People Are Suffering” For It. “Roe says he’s pushing for congress to tap into our nation’s own natural resources. ‘If you look at our energy resources -- coal, natural gas, and oil -- we have the largest known resources in the world in the United States,’ he said. ‘There is no reason on this planet that we should not be energy independent in ten years or less. There’s no doubt about it, our own policies, government policies are preventing that and people are suffering.’” (News 5 WCYB, 4/3/12)

House Republicans have passed numerous “all-of-the-above” energy bills that remove barriers to American energy production to help address high gas prices and create jobs, and more are on the way.  It is up to the president to call on Senate Democrats to quit blocking this legislation and help American families and small businesses struggling with the cost of energy.  Follow the progress of these bills on the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators website, and “like” the American Energy Initiative on Facebook to learn more.