“Gas prices have doubled since Mr. Obama took office,” reports the Washington Times, as the Obama Administration has doggedly blocked new American energy production and pushed job-crushing policies – like a national energy tax – that drive up prices.
But as Speaker Boehner said this morning, “[W]hen we’re talking about energy, we’re not talking about just high gas prices, we’re also talking about American jobs.” Boehner discussed Republicans’ ongoing American Energy Initiative, “a clear plan to develop job-creating, homegrown energy and stop the policies that are driving up gas prices.” Watch Boehner here:
Several pieces of legislation have already been introduced by House Republicans as part of the initiative, including the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act, the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, and the Energy Tax Prevention Act. And there’s more to come.
Boehner also highlighted some of the Obama Administration’s inconsistency on energy. On one hand, Boehner noted, the president wants America to “to buy more oil from Brazil” – on the other, he wants “a reduction in oil imports.” Boehner asked, “[W]hy would [President Obama] be so enthusiastic about Brazil exploring its natural resources while the Administration does everything in its power to block energy production here at home?”
Contrary to White House spin, domestic oil production has dropped by 16 percent versus projected levels. And when they aren’t actively blocking new energy, the Administration’s own inaction has resulted in less production. Less energy production means higher prices; and higher prices mean fewer jobs.