CLAIM: “Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy. The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working...” (President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2014)
FACT: The Obama administration has repeatedly blocked several different types of American energy production that would create jobs, bolster our energy independence, and support manufacturing.
- In a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) last year, Speaker Boehner said that “becoming a nation of builders again means finally pursuing a true ‘all of the above’ energy strategy,” noting that the development of North American energy represents one of our “best opportunities for robust and sustained growth” and will open up a “new economic frontier.”
- After rejecting and personally lobbying against the Keystone pipeline, President Obama has let a final decision on the project – and the more than 100,000 jobs and nearly one million barrels of oil a day that come with it – languish for more than five years.
- The administration is putting hydraulic fracturing jobs and energy at risk with costly and duplicative new regulations that impose a one-size-fits-all policy on states that have been safely and effectively regulating this type of energy production for decades.
- President Obama threatened to veto House-passed legislation that opens up areas put off limits by the president’s five-year leasing plan, and requires new lease sales backed by members of the president’s own party.
RELEVANT HOUSE-PASSED LEGISLATION:
- Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3) approves the Keystone pipeline, as well as the thousands of jobs that would result, and removes legal and regulatory obstacles that could delay its construction for years. (passed 241-175)
- Energy Consumers Relief Act (H.R. 1582) halts major new Obama administration regulations that will raise electricity and fuel prices for consumers, and hurt jobs and our economy. (passed 232-181)
- Offshore Energy & Jobs Act (H.R. 2231) opens new areas to offshore energy production, and requires the Obama administration to move forward with lease sales that have been delayed or canceled. (passed 235-186)
- Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728) prevents the Obama administration from imposing costly, duplicative, and job-killing regulations on hydraulic fracturing. (passed 235-187)
- Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act (H.R. 1965) streamlines the permitting process and opens new areas to onshore energy production on federal land. (passed 228-192)
…and more at speaker.gov/jobs