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President's public support for ‘all of the above’ energy policy belies his behind the scenes lobbying efforts against it
Posted by Chris on March 08, 2012 | comments
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While the President publicly supports an ‘all of the above’ energy policy, he’s been personally lobbying against it with Senate Democrats.  As POLITICO reports:

President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.  The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.” (POLITICO, 3/7/12)


The President’s “personally lobbying,” contradicts his support for the ‘all of the above’ energy policy he called for in the State of the Union address and his pledge this week that his Administration would “do whatever we can to speed up construction” of the pipeline.

As if the contradiction wasn’t enough, President Obama’s efforts could be pushing North American energy toward China.  This week, Alberta’s premier indicated that the province plans “plans to pursue exports to Asia rather than rely on the uncertainty in the U.S. market.”

With gas prices on the rise as working families can afford it least, it’s time to put aside election year concerns and approve the Keystone Pipeline.  It will bring safe and dependable energy supplies from North America and offset our reliance on energy resources from countries like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

It’s also time to increase our domestic energy production while advancing research into alternative fuels that will power our future.  It’s ludicrous to think that other countries can produce energy safer, more efficient or more environmentally sound than the United States.

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