Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech today on American energy policy:
“It is ironic that President Obama stood up today and said domestic oil production has to be part of our long-term energy strategy, while he is simultaneously stifling drilling here at home. It is also ironic that the President openly encourages drilling in Canada, Mexico and Brazil but when it comes to drilling in the Gulf he does everything he can to block exploration, effectively placing a de facto moratorium on drilling in that region. Even the President’s proposed 2012 budget discourages domestic energy production with over $60 billion of taxes and fees proposed on energy producers.
“In order to ensure our nation has a secure energy future we ought to encourage the development of all types of energy, not pick winners and losers as the President has done. An all-of-the-above energy plan should really mean all-of-the-above. This is the only way to fortify our national security and lessen our dependence on foreign oil.”