Duncan Releases Statement on President Obama’s Energy Remarks

Jun 25, 2013 Issues: Energy

Washington, DC – Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina released the following statement on today’s remarks from President Obama on energy policies:

“Actions have consequences and the President's new policy will turn out the lights on South Carolina families and businesses, creating a new standard that's impossible to achieve. 73% of our nation's power comes from natural gas, oil, and coal; all of which the President wants to regulate out of existence. If President Obama were to completely eliminate coal as a fuel source, that challenge becomes even more daunting, especially when you consider that the Obama Administration hasn't been friendly towards nuclear power either.

As a result of the President's new policy, people who are already struggling can expect even more hardship. We need a common sense, all-of-the-above approach to energy, which is the opposite of what the President is proposing.

Additionally, President Obama’s ultimatum on the Keystone XL Pipeline proves that he’s placed the needs of campaign-connected special interests over the country’s need to create American jobs and end our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. President Obama’s indecision jeopardizes our national security and the well-being of the people of the United States.

Meanwhile, the President’s short-sighted refusal to act on behalf of the American people also likely means more energy for Chinese manufacturers. The President’s inaction positions communist China to benefit from the wealth of the Keystone Pipeline rather than American businesses, workers, and consumers.

The President’s directives are vastly out-of-step with public opinion and places environmental extremism ahead of the country's needs. It is still my hope that Congress will summon the bipartisan fortitude to force the President’s hand on this vitally important issue.”

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