Congressman John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4) released the following statement as the prices ofcrude oil and gas continued to rise:
"As the national average price of gas approaches $4 a gallon, it may seem that President Obama is doing nothing about the growing pain in people's wallets. Actually, the president and his administration DO have an energy policy, but it's not one they like to talk about when the price of gas is soaring. The president's Energy Secretary said in 2008 that gas prices should be pushed to European levels, which were about $8 to $10 a gallon. This week he reiterated that stopping rising gas prices was not his department's top priority. The president himself was not opposed to high gas prices in 2008. He just thought prices should rise gradually. The Obama Administration DOES have an energy policy, and it's unfolding on the American people right now."
Congressman Fleming has voted for a series of bills that would maximize domestic energy production including:
The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act
The Putting Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act
The Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act
The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011
The North American-Made Energy Security Act
"In December, I joined House Republicans in voting for the Keystone Pipeline project and its 20,000 energy-related jobs, and in February the House passed a bipartisan bill that would expand offshore energy production, open a small part of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge for oil and natural gas production, encourage the development of 1.5 trillion barrels of oil shale in the Rocky Mountain West, and approve the Keystone XL pipeline. It's a plan that would create over 1.2 million jobs, raise over $4.3 billion in new federal revenues, help lower gasoline prices and strengthen our national and economic security.
"All of these measures, save one, have been ignored by President Obama's allies in the Senate. The President alone rejected the Keystone Pipeline project. Now the president says there are no "silver bullets' and no "easy fixes' for rising gas prices. Actually Mr. President, there are steps you can take, but first you have to want to lower gas prices and make America more energy independent."