House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration's energy policies. President Obama delivered remarks today on energy and in response to rising gas prices.
"Contrary to his rhetoric, President Obama's energy policies have focused less on expanding American-made energy and tapping abundant resources here at home and more on pursuing a strategy that picks winners and losers. That has left taxpayers footing the bill for failures like Solyndra while keeping American energy resources under lock and key," said Chairman Price. "The families and businesses feeling the pain at the pump at the very least need to see their government taking actions to increase access to proven energy resources across the board. America ought to lead in innovation and new energy technologies, but that should be in addition to exploring and producing. The president has not taken such an approach, and our nation is less prepared to weather a volatile global energy market because of it.
"The fact of the matter is that rejection of projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, the pursuit of policies like a national energy tax and other misguided regulations, and the de facto moratoriums on oil and gas exploration sends a signal to the global market that America is not very interested in increasing production of domestic energy and will continue to rely on unstable foreign energy sources. To generate confidence, President Obama ought to match his deeds to his words and work with Republicans in the House of Representatives on an all-of-the-above energy policy. Rather than picking winners and losers, the focus should be on pursuing every avenue possible under clear and consistent safety guidelines so America is leading on all fronts."