It’s only a few days into March Madness, but the president has already racked up a few fouls when it comes to energy policy this month.

Republicans remain focused on solutions that will help grow the economy and support more jobs and better wages for all Americans.

On January 21, 2009, The New York Times celebrated what it perceived as “an end to eight years of stark tension between science and government” and the start of a new era in which government officials no longer “insisted on tight control over even routine functions of key agencies.”

The paper’s inspiration was President Obama’s Inaugural Address, delivered the day before. America’s new chief executive proclaimed:

In addition to the tens of thousands of jobs the project would create, survey after survey shows that a majority of Americans overwhelmingly, and consistently, support building the pipeline.

The president’s threat to veto legislation approving the pipeline isn’t just a knock against the labor unions and small businesses that back the project, it’s a knock against members of his own party who support the pipeline and are calling on him to do the same.

On Friday, nearly six and a half years after the application to build the Keystone XL pipeline was filed with the State Department, Speaker Boehner signed the bipartisan legislation, and the bill’s next stop will be the president’s desk.  President Obama has vowed to veto it for no good reason.

Gov. Fallin will discuss the Keystone XL pipeline, and its potential to help create good-paying jobs and bolster our nation’s energy security.

While Republicans continue to focus squarely on jobs and the economy, the Democrats are dragging their feet.

CLAIM: “Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns.  Imagine if we did something different.” (President Obama, State of the Union address, January 20, 2015) 

SOTU FACT: Tonight, the president called for a better, more collaborative politics, and yet he has already threatened to veto four jobs bills that have passed the House with bipartisan support, including:  

“We’ve got an energy boom going on in this country,” Speaker Boehner said in a September 18th speech, when the national average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.39. “North America is on track to be energy independent in the next five years or so. This is going to mean more growth, yes, but it’s also going to mean lower prices.”

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