Weekly Address Highlights: Continuing the GOP Offensive on Jobs & Gas Prices

In the Weekly Republican Address, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) continues a coordinated offensive to highlight Republicans’ ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy and hold Washington Democrats accountable for policies that have contributed to higher gas prices.  As The Hill notes in its report on the address, “Republicans have actively hammered Obama over rising gas prices this week.”  Below, check out more coverage of the Weekly Republican Address, which you can now listen towatch, and download.

"PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE REPUBLICANS JOUSTED OVER GAS PRICES AGAIN SATURDAY": “President Obama and the Republicans jousted over gas prices again Saturday…Republicans made gas prices the subject of their radio address for a second straight week.  Rep. Richard ‘Doc’ Hastings, R-Wash., said Obama has blocked many domestic oil projects, including the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas.  Hastings also criticized the Obama administration for investing tax money in ‘unproven technologies,’ including the now-bankrupt Solyndra solar power company.  ‘The president, who campaigned on a promise to address rising gas prices, now talks as if they're largely beyond his control,’ Hastings said.” (“Obama, GOP battle over gas prices,” USA TODAY, 3/3/12)

"PART OF WHAT THE GOP SAYS IS A 'COORDINATED CAMPAIGN' TO PUSH ENERGY TO THE FOREFRONT": “Republicans used their weekly address to slam President Obama on rising gas prices, part of what the GOP says is a ‘coordinated campaign’ to push energy to the forefront of national politics.  House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) pushed what Republicans are calling their ‘all-of-the-above’ energy approach, which would encourage additional drilling in federally owned and offshore areas, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and a loosening of regulations on the oil industry.  The Washington lawmaker said higher gas prices reverberate through the American economy, damaging prospects for recovery from the recession.  … Hastings hammered Obama for his objection to drilling in areas that Democrats warn could be irrevocably harmed by drilling, including the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve and the Rocky Mountains.  ‘While the president says oil production alone can’t solve our problems, his administration has proposed costly regulations that would hurt the supply of other domestic sources.  Instead of placing his bet on American-made energy and the workers who produce it, President Obama has wasted taxpayer dollars on Solyndra and other unproven technologies,’ Hastings said.   Republicans have actively hammered Obama over rising gas prices this week…” (“GOP: Fight high gas prices with more oil drilling, Keystone,” The Hill, 3/3/12)

"A RAY OF HOPE FOR SOME HOUSE-PASSED ENERGY BILLS AFTER A WHITE HOUSE MEETING THIS WEEK": “For the Republicans, Washington state Rep. Doc Hastings says he sees a ray of hope for some House-passed energy bills after a White House meeting this week between Obama and congressional leaders.  But Hastings, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, faulted Obama for not doing more to increase domestic oil and gas production. He cited Obama's opposition to Arctic drilling, a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline and for imposing too many regulations.”  (“Obama, GOP messages focus on energy,” Associated Press, 3/3/12)  

"THE REAL ‘ALL OF THE ABOVE’ ENERGY POLICY AMERICA NEEDS”: “This weekend, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Doc Hastings (R-WA) provided the weekly Republican address to the nation.  The topic, lest we forget about one of the most pressing issues of the day, is the real ‘all of the above’ energy policy America needs.  (Significantly different from what Barack Obama is delivering thus far.) … Not only should you listen, but we should make sure that both the President and the rest of Congress tunes in.” (Hotair.com, 3/3/12)

"CRITICIZED PRESIDENT OBAMA SATURDAY FOR BLOCKING THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE“: "U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., criticized President Obama Saturday for blocking the Keystone XL pipeline and restricting offshore oil drilling.  Hastings, in the weekly GOP media address, also called on the president to loosen regulations on the oil industry.  The moves, he said, would help lower gasoline prices and create jobs. ‘Americans are right to worry that no relief is in sight [on gas prices],’ Hastings said. ‘The president, who campaigned on a promise to address rising gas prices, now talks as if they're largely beyond his control.’  He said Obama ‘has consistently blocked American energy production’ -- most recently, by rejecting the Keystone pipeline which would carry oil recovered from Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.”  (“Rep. Hastings faults Obama on oil policies,” UPI, 3/3/12)

REPUBLICANS "HAVE VOTED TO REMOVE BARRIERS TO DEVELOP NEW ENERGY SOURCES": “In the Republican address, Congressman Doc Hastings of Washington state accused President Obama of blocking projects to increase U.S. oil production, including the Keystone XL pipeline.  Hastings says his Republican colleagues have voted to remove barriers to develop new energy sources.” (Voice of America, 3/3/12)

REPUBLICANS “ARE PURSUING AN ‘ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE’ ENERGY STRATEGY”: “In today’s Republican radio address, Representative Doc Hastings of Washington, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said ‘rising gas prices are a huge drain on our economy’ and, like the president, he said members of his party are pursuing an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy.  ‘Though the president now claims to support ‘all-of-the- above,’ he has consistently blocked American energy production,’ Hastings said, citing the president’s rejection of TransCanada Corp’s (TRP) Keystone XL pipeline… Republicans say the pipeline would create jobs and lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, while opponents say it will harm the environment. Hastings said Obama also has restricted drilling in other offshore locations and his administration has proposed regulations that would hurt other domestic sources of energy.  Hastings praised the Republican-controlled U.S. House for passing legislation to reduce government regulations on energy sources; open more drilling offshore and in 3 percent of the land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; require the approval of the Keystone pipeline; and to spur energy development leases.”  (Bloomberg, 3/3/12)

"CRITICIZED THE PRESIDENT FOR BLOCKING THE KEYSTONE PROJECT": “Democrats and Republicans accused each other of stymieing progress toward lower gas prices and energy independence in their weekly addresses Saturday.  ‘Americans are right to worry that no relief is in sight,’ Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington said for the Republicans.  ‘The president, who campaigned on a promise to address rising gas prices, now talks as if they're largely beyond his control.’  Hastings, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, criticized the president for blocking the Keystone project and other drilling initiatives, including in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, Rocky Mountains and offshore.  The president's all-of-the-above energy plan, he said, is not up to par with the Republican plan.  ‘Actions speak louder than words,’ he said. ‘Republicans have followed through on our 'all-of-the-above' approach and passed through the House bipartisan reforms that break down government barriers to our natural resources.’”  (“Democrats, Republicans face off over energy in weekly address,” CNN, 3/3/12)

"GAS PRICES HAVE ON AVERAGE DOUBLED SINCE THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE": “…Republicans criticized the president for ‘consistently’ blocking domestic oil production. … House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R., Wash.) said gas prices on average have doubled since the president took office.  ‘Americans are right to worry that no relief is in sight.  The president, who campaigned on a promise to address rising gas prices, now talks as if they're largely beyond his control,’ he said.”  (“Obama, Republicans Duel Over Rising Gas Prices,”Dow Jones, 3/3/12)

"Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, who gave the Republican address in response, said it best: 'The president, who campaigned on a promise to address rising gas prices, now talks as if they're largely beyond his control.'" (Townhall.com, 3/3/12)